Be a Safe Walker, Pedestrian Safety for Kids and Families
Walking is an important part of physical activity for children. But learning about being a safe pedestrian is also important. Unfortunately, hundreds of kids die each year from pedestrian related injuries, and many could be prevented with pedestrian education, improvements to pedestrian routes, and increased law enforcement.
Children under the age of 10 are most vulnerable to pedestrian injuries because they are exposed to traffic threats beyond their cognitive, developmental, behavioral, physical and sensory abilities. The traffic environment is often confusing to young children, especially in areas with high traffic volumes.
Education brings safety to neighborhoods. Follow these simple rules to ensure that everyone, especially children reach their destinations safely:
- Always cross the street with an adult, never alone if you're younger than 10 years old.
- Always stop at the curb before crossing the street.
- Always walk; never run, across the street.
- Always cross at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Always look left, right, and left again before crossing.
- Always walk facing oncoming traffic.
- Always make sure drivers see you before crossing in front of them.
- Always play in safe places, never play in driveways, streets, parking lots or unfenced yards by the street.
- Always wear white or light clothing or reflectors when walking at night.
- Always cross at least 10 feet in front of a school bus.
Street Survival: Hip Hop to Safety Program
Phoenix Children's Hospital supports pedestrian safety with the Street Survival: Hip Hop to Safety™ program to community groups and schools by emphasizing what families can do to make walking safer in their neighborhoods.
The program provides resources for parents to teach their families about pedestrian safety and to encourage parents to walk or bike to school with their children. With education, parents learn the rules of the road and to be alert when walking.
Street Survival: Hip Hop to Safety™ energizes families to "take to the streets" and walk with family, friends, neighbors and pets. Families are empowered to take responsibility for their safety while giving them opportunities for physical activity and friendship.
To get involved with the program, contact Jtarango@phoenixchildrens.com or call (602) 933-1711.