Welcome Children Back to School with a Safer Journey

Schools across the country are back in session and Walk to School Day is right around the corner, making September a great time to teach pedestrian safety.

Pedestrian Safer Journey graphicEducators and parents seeking a way to open the conversation on pedestrian safety or augment pedestrian and bicycle safety curriculum now have a new tool: the Federal Highway Administration has released its updated version of Pedestrian Safer Journey.

Pedestrian Safer Journey consists of three videos—one for each of three age groups: 5-9, 10-14, and 15-18—as well as quizzes or discussions and an educator’s resource library. The age-appropriate videos, which are available in English and Spanish, address picking the safest places to walk and cross streets and the importance of being alert. The program can be used in a classroom or one-on-one.

The videos and other resources, developed by UNC Highway Safety Research Center and the consulting firm VHB, can be found at http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/pedsaferjourney.