Starting a Conversation With Children and Youth About Pedestrian Safety

Authoring Organization: 
National Center for Safe Routes to School
The Federal Highway Administration has updated its Pedestrian Safer Journey program for teaching pedestrian safety to children and teens.
Pedestrian Safer Journey illustration
Pedestrian Safer Journey helps educators, parents and others who care about pedestrian safety to get the conversation started with children and youth.
 
Why do children and youth need skills for safe walking?
 
Whether walking with adult family members or with friends, learning basic pedestrian safety may help prevent injuries and prepare school-age children and youth for a lifetime of safe walking.
 
Three videos — one for each of three age groups: 5-9, 10-14 and 15-18 — accompanied by a quiz or discussion and an educator’s resource library can be used as an introduction to pedestrian safety skills or to augment a comprehensive curriculum. 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.
 
Pedestrian Safer Journey can be found at www.pedbikeinfo.org/pedsaferjourney.