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Denver Agencies Offer Driver, Cyclist Safety Tips for National Bike to School Day

As students from 26 Denver schools hit the streets on May 9 in celebration of National Bike to School Day, Denver Department of Public Health & Environment, Police, and Public Works are teaming up to remind all residents to stay safe and alert on our city’s streets.

For Pedestrians:

  • Always cross the street at an intersection.
  • Obey the “walk/don’t walk” pedestrian signals. Don’t enter the crosswalk once the hand begins flashing
  • Use the “push to walk” button, where available. It adds pedestrian crossing time to the traffic signal.
  • Always stay alert. Don’t be a distracted walker or cyclist.
  • Never assume vehicles (cars, buses, bikes) see you. Look both ways before you cross the street.

For Bicyclists:

  • Follow the rules of the road.
  • Never assume vehicles (cars, buses) see you. Look both ways before you cross the street.
  • Always wear a properly fitting helmet.
  • Use hand signals when making turns or stopping on your bike.
  • Wear bright colors during the day, and always use reflectors or a bike light at night.

For Drivers:

  • Look out for pedestrians and bicyclists always. Safety is a shared responsibility.
  • Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or in bad weather.
  • Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well before the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
  • Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk.
  • Observe slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present.
  • Be extra cautious when backing up — pedestrians or bicyclists can move into your path.


Bicyclists from across the U.S. will join in celebrating National Bike to School Day on May 9. Bike to School events work to create safer routes for bicycling and walking, emphasizing the importance of physical activity among children and promoting cyclist and pedestrian safety.

 

Denver’s Safe Routes to School Program is partnering with Denver Public Schools, Denver Police and Denver Public Works to promote Bike to School Day, with events taking place at the following schools:

Asbury Elementary School

Ashley Elementary School

Beach Court Elementary School

Blessed Sacrament Parish School

Castro Elementary School

Cheltenham Elementary School

College View Elementary School

Denver Language School

Dora Moore School

Doull Elementary School

Eagleton Elementary School

Edison Elementary School

Garden Place Elementary School

Godsman Elementary School

Greenlee Elementary School

Harrington Elementary School

Highline Academy Charter School

Lincoln Elementary School

Maxwell Elementary School

McKinley-Thatcher Elementary School

McAuliffe International School

McGlone Elementary School

Morey Middle School

Slavens School

Smith Renaissance School

Steele Elementary School

 


For more information about Walk to School Day, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org. To learn more about Safe Routes to School, visit www.denvergov.org/srts