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Santa Clara Safe Routes to School - Safety Tips for Parents and Students





Parents: choose the best route to school and walk it with your children.


Always walk with a parent, a group of students, or a buddy.

Only cross the street at a corner or a marked crosswalk. Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.

At a 4-way intersection, also look over your shoulder for cars that may be turning. Use eye contact and hand signals to communicate with drivers before crossing.




Parents: choose the safest route for biking to and from school and ride it with your children.


Always wear a helmet that fits correctly.

Inexperienced riders under the age of 10 should ride on the sidewalk.

When riding on the sidewalk, ride slow and watch for cars entering or leaving driveways.

Obey all traffic signs and signals.

Ride on the right side of the street (with traffic flow), single file, and in a straight line.

Use proper hand signals before turning and stopping.


Pick-up and Drop-off:


Make sure children enter and exit the vehicle on the passenger side of the car, next to the sidewalk.

Do not block crosswalks at any time.

Obey all traffic signs and driving laws- they exist for the safety of the community.

If your school’s drop-off point is exceptionally crowded, consider parking a few blocks away and walking your child the rest of the way.


Be a safety role model for your children- wear your seatbelt, drive safely, and be aware of and courteous to pedestrians.


The 5 E’s


The five elements of a successful Safe Routes to School Program are called “The 5 E’s”.  These four E’s are made up of:


- Engineering

-  Education

- Encouragement

- Enforcement

- Evaluation


Each E has a wide range of programs and elements that a school or community can utilize to make walking or biking to school safer and easier.  The success of a Safe Routes to School program depends upon community support and volunteers. The links above will introduce you to all the tools that can be utilized in a Safe Routes to School program. Get informed, get inspired, and help us make Safe Route to School a success!


More resources available here:  http://saferoutesinfo.org/

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