Walk It, Bike It!
Winter is here!
What a mild winter we have been experiencing. This means there are lots of students riding, walking and rolling to school because the sidewalks are clear and the weather is mild. The team has been working with the Middle Schools across the valley for the past several weeks and note a marked increase in the amount of students walking home from school. We survey every class about their trip to/from school and it always surprises us when we have double or triple the amount of walkers home vs walkers to school. This reinforces our belief that sidewalks, paths, crossing guards and pedestrian crossing treatments are incredibly important for the safety of our students during the week and for the health of our communities at all other times. When you have a good place to walk, you are more like to walk and the same goes for biking or even skateboarding.
The team at Safe Routes remains committed to using active transportation to access as many schools as possible. When it's not, we carpool, use transit, and even park & ride(a bike), to set the example of what can be done. We note an increase in our own brain activity, more positive feelings during the day and increased energy...which we need when standing in a gym teaching large classes of 8th graders. Coffee doesn't make success in that environment, only movement does.
Go out and take a walk this weekend or try a bike ride. Yes, it might be a little rainy or colder than you like, but we promise you'll feel better for it!
Parking, Pedestrians, Problems
Parking, it's always a hot topic in any city around the world and it affects us all. One of the things we see a lot in this area is parking on sidewalks or across crosswalks, which compromises pedestrian safety. In Idaho, as with the rest of the nation, pedestrian fatalities are rising and there are things we can do about it.
- Don't park ON the sidewalk or in crosswalks.
- Park at least 20 feet away from a crosswalk at an intersection
- Expect people to be at the corner, waiting to cross, especially at school/work times.
- Use safe crossing techniques: look left, right, back, forward, left before crossing. Make eye contact with the driver.
- Do not take the right away from someone else: if there is a car already there, don't walk in front of it or enter the crosswalk suddenly. The driver may not be able to stop in time.
- Consider using a flashlight in the early morning/late evening times to increase visibility.
- Be familiar with the parking code for Idaho, which you can find here.
- Be familiar with the pedestrian code for Idaho, which you can find here.
We are booking up quick, so if you want to get your school or group some great safety lessons, reach out today via our contact form. We will be glad to help!
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