2015 National Walk to School Day
Oct. 7th is National Walk to School Day. This event, developed by the Partnership for a Walkable America, has been taking place across the country since 1997. The event aims to create awareness about the need for communities that are safe and friendly for pedestrians, including children on their way to school each day.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 15,000 pedestrian children ages 15 and younger were injured in automobile accidents in 2009. In order to reduce the number of accidents affecting children, children need to be able to walk safely through their neighborhoods and school zones.
Improving Safety Policies
Walk to School Day events are used to create awareness of safety issues within local communities, encouraging policy and engineering improvements which will create safer routes for those walking and biking to school, as well as other pedestrians.
In the past, Walk to School Day events have been credited with the planning and implementation of policy and engineering changes including additional safety education, installation of additional signage, and improvement in school policies.
Improving Your Childs Safety
National Walk to School Day provides an opportunity for all parents, regardless of if your children are able to walk to school, to have a conversation with their kids about safely walking to school or anywhere else. To improve safety while walking or biking to school, parents should:
- Teach children how to walk and bike safely.
- Teach children how to look left-right-left before crossing the street.
- Teach children to only cross the street at marked crossings.
- Walk with children as they travel to and from school each day.
- Establish a walking school bus led by an adult.
Walk to School Day Events in Milwaukee
Fairview School and Ninety-Fifth Street School are both holding Walk to School Day events this year. To learn more about these events, visit WalkBiketoSchool.org.
If your child has been injured in an accident while walking or biking to school, contact Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice, S.C. for a free consultation to discuss your claim with a personal injury lawyer.