It has come to light that students at nearly half of Austin’s public schools face a dangerous walk to school. Austin kids walking to school face routes lacking sidewalks that pass through hazardous areas. Parents are rallying for bus routes and sidewalks, but until then, follow these tips to help keep Austin kids safe while walking to school.
Wear Reflective Gear
Bright colors just aren’t enough for your child to be seen. A child dressed in all white is visible from 180 feet away, while a child who sports reflective gear, even as little as one square inch, is seen from 500 feet away. Visibility makes all the difference when walking dangerous routes. To help keep kids safe walking to school, place a 5-inch strip of reflective tape, which can be found at most auto-parts stores, on the back of their backpack as well as on the front two straps. This ensures your child is visible from a greater distance and decreases the likelihood of your child being struck by a vehicle.
Start Walking to School in Groups
There’s safety in numbers. Make sure your child has a designated walking group to school. Depending on the age, they may need an adult with them, so reach out to parents near you and start a walking-carpool. Take turns chaperoning walks to school–or walk together and enjoy the social time. Regardless, walking with a few extra partners increases visibility and will help keep Austin kids safe while walking to school.
Know the Rules (and Follow Them)
There are a few basic rules of thumb to increase pedestrian safety. Teach them to your child so they know how to stay safe while walking to school.
- When possible, use designated crosswalks to cross streets
- Always look both ways before crossing the street (even at designated crosswalks)
- Walk facing traffic; it will make it easier for drivers to see you and for you to see drivers
- Avoid distractions, including walking while texting and listening to music too loudly
These rules of thumb will increase your child’s alertness and visibility, ultimately keeping them safer on their walk to school.
Austin Attorney for Pedestrian Accidents
Until the city of Austin implements bus routes and pours sidewalks, these tips can help increase your child’s safety during their walk to school. If your child has been injured while walking to school, contact the Colley & Colley law firm in Austin, Texas online or call us toll-free at 1-866-760-0358 for a free consultation. With over 50 years of combined experience, we can help you receive the compensation you are entitled to for their injury.