Walk & Roll to School Day 2018
Walk & Roll to School Day is a global event in which students in more than 40 countries and in thousands of schools across America all walk to school on the same day, bringing attention to safer and more accessible streets and sidewalks, outdoor fun, pedestrian safety, physical activity, and respect for the environment. Jefferson is a proud participant in Walk & Roll to School Day 2018.
Want a fun way to get to school on October 10? Get on the bus! We will have four Walking School Buses for your children to join and walk or roll to school with responsible adults - leaving from all four points of the compass around Jefferson.
The NORTH WALKING SCHOOL BUS leaves from Mother’s Meadow – north side of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, one block east of 19th Avenue. This is a great place to park your car and have your children join the group.
The SOUTH WALKING SCHOOL BUS leaves from the corner of 18th Avenue & Kirkham.
The EAST WALKING SCHOOL BUS leaves from the sidewalk in front of Andronico's – Irving between Funston & 14th Avenue.
The WEST WALKING SCHOOL BUS leaves from the northeast corner of 22nd Avenue & Judah – the N-Judah and the #7 bus also stop at this intersection.
Drop off your children at any of these meeting places starting at 8:10 a.m. The Walking School Buses will start walking to school at 8:20 a.m. Parents are more than welcome (but not required) to accompany their children on the Walking School Buses. Students may also walk or roll directly to school without joining a Walking School Bus.
All bicyclists may use the bike racks either in the Kindergarten Yard or outside the 18th Avenue gate. Do remember to bring a bike lock, especially for bikes parked in the 18th Avenue rack. Smaller equipment, such as folding scooters, skateboards, and skates, should be taken to class to leave room for bikes and non-folding scooters in the racks.
Please encourage your children to stop by the tables in the Middle Yard or the Kindergarten Yard before school starts to collect a few special goodies to commemorate their participation in Walk & Roll to School Day 2018!
Now Let's Walk & Roll!
Safe Rolling Practices for Riding Bicycles, Skateboards & Scooters
Important Rules for Kids
- Always wear a helmet. It’s the law!
- Don’t play around the road or the sidewalks.
- Choose the route with the fewest cars to ride on.
- Stop at all stop signs.
- Ride with adults as much as possible, especially when riding on busier streets.
Important Equipment Reminders
- ALWAYS wear a helmet to protect against head injuries, the most common serious injury
- suffered by bicyclists.
- Be sure your bike is well-maintained and adjusted. Do the Quick ABC check before every
- ride--Air, Braxes, and Chain.
- Use a good tight and reflectors, and wear bright clothing when it’s dark.
Bicycling Technique Reminders
- Obey the rules of the road as if you were driving a car -- stop at stop signs, red lights, and
- signals before turning or changing lanes.
- Stay two bicycle-widths away from parked cars: the “door zone.”
- Always ride on the right side of the road. Stay in single file as far to the right as practical-
- while staying out of the “door zone.” It's dangerous and illegal to ride on the left side of a
- two-way street.
- Be extremely cautious when traveling through intersections. Be aware of traffic around
- you, and be prepared to brake quickly.
- Avoid traveling along the side of cars when passing through intersections -- they may turn
- in front of you without warning.
- When riding in a central business district, use extreme caution when passing parked cars,
- as occupants may not see you when opening doors or pulling out of parking spaces.
- Keep your hands on the handlebars at all times. Riding with no hands does not permit you
- to stop or to avoid surprise hazards such as dogs, potholes, broken glass, cars, etc.
- Yield to all pedestrians. They can't foresee a dangerous situation as well as you can and
- may be inattentive. A bicycle is required by law to yield to pedestrians.
- Remember, your bicycle is a small vehicle and you are not easily seen on crowded streets.
- Do everything you can to make sure you are noticed and can be seen.
Safe Pedestrian Practices
Crossing a Street
- Stop at the curb or edge of the street.
- If there is a visual barrier, like a car or bush, find a better place to cross.
- Look left, right, and left again for traffic.
- Make eye contact with drivers when possible.
- Scan to the left and to the right for vehicles as you cross.
- Walk in a straight line to the other side of the street.
- Cross only when it is safe.
Crossing an Intersection
- Use the crossing button on the traffic signal if a button is available.
- Wait for the walking person or “WALK” symbol before crossing.
- Look left, right, and left again, and then over your shoulder before Crossing.
- Scan to the left, right, front and behind you as you cross.
- Stop if you see a car turning into the crosswalk. Do not try to beat it.
- Stay in the crosswalk, if there is one.
- When finished crossing, step up onto the curb.
Helpful Reminders about Street Safety
- Don’t chase a ball into the street.
- Don’t cross from between two cars.
- Don’t cross alone.
- Don’t cross at an angle.
- Always walk. Don’t run.
- If a car passes while you are looking left and right, start again.
- Use crosswalks and crossing guards whenever possible.
- Wait for any turning car to pass. There is more room behind the car than in front of it.