Welcome to the Vermont Safe Routes to School Resource Center!
Join International Walk and Roll to School Day
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
Join schools from all over the world for International Walkand Roll to School Day. This global event involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. In 2014, Vermont had the second highest rate of participation nationwide with 64 schools holding events.
Register your 2015 event: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/
This report includes program highlights and accomplishments from the recent year as well as important information for Partners and Friends.
Bike Safe! Order your discounted bike helmet through SafeKids Vermont / Bell Helmets today:
Safe Kids Vermont is led by FAHC - Vermont Children's Hospital, which provides dedicated and caring staff, operation support and other resources to assist in achieving our common goal: keeping your kids safe.
Congratulations to all the VT Way to Go participants
The Vermont Safe Routes to School Resource Center and Way to Go! Vermont partnered to encourage Vermont's K-12 schools to participate in the Way to Go! Clean Commuter Challenge. The Challenge encourages Vermonters to reduce their carbon footprints by walking, biking, carpooling or taking transit instead of a single occupancy vehicles.
This year, 17 schools stepped up for the Challenge, saving an estimated 40,000 lbs of carbon, which is equivalent to over 2,400 miles of vehicle travel. Over 2,600 students participated, comprising over half of all participants in the Challenge. The Carbon Cup is awarded to the school with the highest rate of participation.
Competition for this year's Carbon Cup was fierce. Ten schools recorded participation rates of 70% or more. Twinfield Union came out on top with the highest student participation rate (94%). Twinfield Union also has the highest number of students participate (360). Congratulations to runner up Isle La Motte (93%) and to Hartford Middle school for the second highest number of participating students (278).
Twinfield Union will be honored at the State House on June 11th with Carbon Cup Winners from other categories. Visit the Way to Go Website for more information.
It's never a bad time to review safe walking, biking and scootering to school practices!
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