Safe Routes Utah Blog

Green Ribbon Month Is Pedestrian Safety Month

In Utah, September is Pedestrian Awareness Month, also known as Green Ribbon Month. Many schools take the month to educate students and drivers about pedestrian safety, and of course, we are always on board with teaching pedestrian safety. 

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Traffic Safety Scavenger Hunt

Our safety scavenger hunt will help students embark on a fun-filled adventure, learning vital safety tips in an engaging and memorable way. From identifying safe crossing points and understanding traffic signals, to practicing how to walk to school safely. The safety scavenger hunt helps children develop practical life skills that extend beyond the school environment, while giving parents the opportunity to discuss safety and peace of mind knowing their student is equipped in safe walking/biking practices. 

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Safety in Numbers – The Walking School Bus

Safe Routes Utah is here to help teach the importance of pedestrian safety to you and your children. As we head into Spring, many of you may be encouraging your children to start spending more time in the sunshine by walking or biking to school. So what can you do to help ensure their safety as they do so? One great option is a walking school bus!

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Three Ways To Focus On Safety

Being a kid right now is not the same as it was 10 years ago or more. Kids are inundated with so many distractions and it’s hard for them to know what to focus on. If we’re being honest, the same goes for adults most of the time too. Being able to focus as a driver or a pedestrian is crucial to safety. Because we’ve seen an uptick in pedestrian crashes, we think it’s a good time to talk about three ways to focus while walking or biking.

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How To Talk With Your Kids About Pedestrian Safety

How often do you talk to your kids about pedestrian safety? It’s one of those topics that needs addressing but doesn’t always have a natural introduction. But when it comes to your child’s safety, it’s worth having the conversation and having it often.

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Can Drivers See You?

Darker conditions create limited visibility, and as young pedestrians, kids may not realize the danger lurking within their own neighborhoods. What seemed a simple task, now requires hyper-vigilance and the proper gear to make sure drivers can see our little pedestrians and bicyclists clearly.

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Protect your Noggin. No Helmet, No ride.

Let the outdoor festivities and activities begin! Now is the perfect time to get your little ones walking and rolling to school. If your child likes to ride their own wheels to school, let’s make sure they don’t leave the house without their trusty headgear.

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Safe Routes Utah | Walk & Roll Program

Our guest blogger, Natalie Ockey from Utah’s Adventure Family is passionate about the outdoors and keeping her kids active. Her Utah’s Adventure Family social media accounts give the best tips on places to hike, explore and get moving with your family. Natalie’s kids also participate in the Safe Routes Walk & Roll Challenge to stay active daily during the school year.

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2 Things You Don’t Know About Crosswalks

When using a crosswalk or approaching one in your vehicle, it’s important to know the differences. There are several different types of crosswalks, but in the US, most crosswalks are either a zebra crosswalk or a parallel crosswalk. Each type signals to pedestrians and drivers a different process for use.

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School Safety And How You Can Help

We know there are many reasons it seems challenging to use active transportation to get your kids to school, but every child deserves a safe school environment. Contribute to your child’s safety by walking instead of driving to school. It will give you quality time together and improve their health.

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