SAFETY ADVISORY: NHTSA Offers Tips to Keep Kids Safe During International Walk to School Day and Year Round

| Washington, DC


NHTSA 28-13
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Contact: José Alberto Uclés
Tel: 202-366-9550

WASHINGTON - This Wednesday, October 9th, millions of children, parents, and community leaders from more than 40 countries around the world will join together in celebration of International Walk to School Day. This energizing event reminds every one of the simple joy of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity, the need for pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concerns for the environment and the need for safe places to walk and bike.

Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day in the US began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities. In 2000 the event went international when the UK and Canada joined.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a supporting partner of this event is reminding parents and students of safe walking practices all year to ensure that kids arrive to and from school safely.

Walking: Pedestrians 10 years old and younger should be accompanied by an adult or young adult on their way to and from school. Kids should:

  • Ask your parents to help you pick a safe route to school.
  • Walk with a friend when possible.
  • Walk on the sidewalk and if there is none, walk facing traffic.
  • Not push or shove others when you walk.
  • When crossing the street, look left-right-left for cars from the curb.
  • Do not cross the street if a car is coming and use a crosswalk if available.
  • Watch out for cars at every driveway and intersection.
  • Stay completely focused on the road, avoid distractions.
  • Obey traffic signs, signals and school crossing guards.
  • Never hitchhike or take rides from people not arranged by your parents.

For more back-to-school safety tips and to reinforce children's pedestrian, bicycle, school bus and/or public transportation habits, visit SaferCar

For more information on International Walk to School Day, visit