What should I teach my child about pedestrian safety? Where can I find the best resources?
It’s important for parents to take the time to teach their children pedestrian safety. What they should be taught depends upon their age and maturity level. Every child is different, but developmentally, it can be hard for kids to judge speed and distance of cars until age 10.
The most basic pedestrian rules for kids are:
- always walk on sidewalks or paths (facing traffic if possible)
- cross the street only at crosswalks
- understand walk signals and how to operate them
- never run out into a street (even after a toy or pet) without looking both ways
- understand the need to be seen by cars; wear white or other light colors when out past dusk
Trailnet works with a number of local schools teaching pedestrian and bike safety. If you are interested in having a program in your school, contact Taylor March at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about age appropriate pedestrian safety activities from the National Highway Safety Administration and Safe Kids Worldwide.