We all have an impact on somebody. We can all influence others for good. This is part of the goal of Safe Routes to School, an initiative started by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to help get kids moving by promoting healthy, safe ways to get to school.
Primarily, the emphasis is on bike riding and walking. When kids all pledge to travel safely to school, usually by staying together in groups, the experience can be a fun-filled time that is also a great form of daily exercise. With more than 45,000 children in D.C. public schools alone, this is a great initiative that impacts a lot of kids! And, when kids choose to make safe choices to and from school, they are less likely to be injured in an accident.
How to Be a Better ‘Roll’ Model When Bicycling
- Riding your bike focused, and never distracted. Encourage others not to listen to music or talk on the phone while riding a bike.
- Being prepared for the unexpected. Always look out for other cars on the road. Other drivers might not see you, so keep your eyes open!
- Putting safety first (regardless of how you think you look!). Always wear a helmet, even if you don’t like how you look in one!
- Always following the “rules of the road” on a bicycle. Don’t try to show-off in the middle of the road, dodging cars, or beating the traffic across an intersection. Remember that your bike is a vehicle, just like a car or truck traveling down the road.
- Be respectful, and sharing the roads with others. Both cars and bike riders must look out for each other to help keep everyone safe.
Safe Routes to School wants to encourage young kids, teens, and adults to always be looking to set the example. Others are always watching you, no matter what your age is. One way of promoting this “attitude of safety” is by having you sign a pledge, committing to always travel safe on your bike. They provide a different “Role Model Pledge” for each age group that can be printed off and proudly displayed at home. This way, everyone can be reminded on a daily basis about the importance of staying safe on a bike!
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