Pedestrian and Bike Safety

Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian safety continues to be a huge concern for children and adolescents. Reports show a pedestrian is killed every 119 minutes in a traffic-related crash, and one is injured every 8 minutes (NHTSA, 2011). It is important that we teach our children how to be safe pedestrians. Children are at a greater risk of injuries because they lack exposure to traffic. Children have a hard time scanning for traffic, judging car speeds, and anticipating driver behaviors. Their smaller stature also makes it more difficult for drivers to see them.

Safe Kids Greater Sacramento helps prevent children from getting hurt by:

  • Conducting the Safe Kids Walk This Way Program, teaching safe behaviors to drivers and children;
  • Participating in local walk audits;
  • Advocating for engineering and traffic calming solutions;
  • Supporting local schools in developing Safe Routes to School grants;
  • Participating annually in October’s International Walk to School Day, leading children in walking school buses and providing pedestrian safety education; and
  • Supporting local efforts to improve pedestrian safety, such as providing guidance to a local Girl Scout Troop as they conduct a photovoicing service project.

For more information on pedestrian safety, click here.

Bike Safety

Nothing beats the excitement a child feels when they learn how to ride a bicycle for the first time. But with this new found skill comes the responsibility of learning how to be a safe bicyclist. Bicycles have been associated with more childhood injuries than any other consumer product aside from cars and more children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency departments for injuries related to biking than any other sport. Luckily, wearing a properly fitted helmet can reduce the risk of injury by 85% (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2009). And in California, children under the age of 18 are required by law to wear a helmet when riding.

Safe Kids Greater Sacramento helps prevent bicycle injuries by:

  • Advocating for engineering solutions;
  • Participating in May’s National Bike to School Day events;
  • Providing bicycle safety education; and
  • Participating in helmet fitting and distribution events.

For more information on bicycle safety, click here.

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