October 7, 2015, is International Walk to School Day. The event is the perfect time to celebrate the act of walking, alternative methods of commuting, and pedestrian and child safety as well.
What is International Walk to School Day?
International Walk to School Day is an event that is celebrated by people in more than 40 countries all over the world. The event began in 1997. Since that time, hundreds more have joined in the opportunity to celebrate safe routes for children to get to school.
Anyone who wants to participate in International Walk to School Day can. In fact, your school may already be registered! You can check to see who’s planning on walking here. There are already 2,931 events planned in 2015 thus far!
Safety During the Event
During a walk-to-school event of any type, safety should be the primary concern of organizers, administrators, and parents.
If you are participating in International Walk to School Day this October, make sure you review the following safety tips listed below.
- Choose sidewalks or walking paths when possible
- Cross at crosswalks
- Travel in groups to improve visibility
- Plan a route in advance
- Wear bright colors so drivers can see you
- Practice stopping, looking, and listening for traffic
- Make sure children are wearing helmets if biking
- Walk, don’t run
- Wear weather-appropriate clothing
The more people you get involved, the better! Just make sure that everyone is aware of the rules for staying safe.
Register Your Event
Safe walking isn’t just important on October 7; it’s fundamental for the protection of everyone year-round. If you want to create your walk-to-school event, you are highly encouraged to do so. Register your event with WalktoSchool.org to promote it. You can also talk with your child’s school and your community for tips on how to promote your walking event and get more people involved.
Learn More About Pedestrian Safety
You can learn more about safe walking and biking practices by checking out our blog. And remember, if you’ll be driving on the day of the event, practicing safe driving techniques is also incredibly important.
When unsafe actions lead to a pedestrian or bike accident, a victim may have the right to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. At Max Meyers Law PLLC, you can sit down and discuss your case at no initial cost. To learn more about legal representation and your right to damages, contact a pedestrian accident lawyer today at 425-399-7000.