Welcome to the Vermont Safe Routes to School Resource Center!
Safe Routes to School is a comprehensive program based on a simple premise: our kids should be able to safely walk and bike to school. The Safe Routes to School movement is taking hold across the country, as communities are helping kids and families walk and bike to school. Safe Routes to School programs combine education, engineering, enforcement, evaluation and encouragement to get more kids walking and biking to school and make conditions safer and more convenient.
We hope you find this website helpful to find information, resources and to learn more about the Vermont Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. If you are new to the site and to SRTS, please check out our Getting Started section and learn about the Vermont SRTS Resource Center and about the history of SRTS. Once you get familiar, you may begin to reveiw how to become a Partner or Friend of the Resource Center and learn more about the resources and services availables.
is here! The VT Safe Route to School Resource Center reminds you to be safe this summer by following these safety tips:
Always use helmets when riding bicycles. Using helmets prevents up to 88% ofcyclists brain injuries.
- Set a rule that helmets must be used on every ride and make sure it is followed for every bicycle ride.
- Helmets should be positioned correctly and should fit snugly with the straps properly buckled.
- Parents should always model safe behaviors and wear a helmet when riding.
Set limits on where children can ride based on safety.
- Children develop judgment at different times. You know your child best.If you’re not confident that he or she is ready for busier roads, specify where and when your child is allowed to ride.
Teach children safe riding skills and behaviors.
- Come to a complete stop before entering driveways, paths or sidewalks,and then look left, right and left again for bikes, cars or pedestrians.
- More information: http://www.aap.org/family/bicycle.htm. Sources: SafeKids Worldwide, AAP, Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
- Children under age 10: Need supervision when crossing streets.
- Children 10 and over and when ready: Teach and monitor street-crossing skills.
- Look both ways for danger before and while crossing the street at the corner.
- Walk, do not run, into the street.
- Never play in the road.
- Play stops at the end of the sidewalk or yard.
- Teach children to ask adults to get balls that go in the street.
- More information: http://www.safekids.org/tips/tips_ped.htm. Source: SafeKids Worldwide Skateboard,
Scooter, In-Line Skating and Heelys Safety
Always use safety gear – set rules and monitor use.
- Wrist guards
- Elbow and knee pads
Where to ride
- Never in traffic
- Use skate parks
- Use designated paths
- More Information: http://www.aap.org/advocacy/archives/marskate.htm