• Kinder-3rd Grade

    Pedestrian Safety and Bike Safety & Learn to Ride


    Pedestrian Safety

    Below are a list of videos about safely walking along streets and crossing streets.  Next to each video link is the length in minutes. The first video covers the basics of pedestrian safety.  Following that is a five-part video series that discusses a greater variety of situations, including safety inside and outside of a school bus and safely walking across parking lots.

    Pedestrian Safer Journey (Overview of Pedestrian Safety)
    Videos by the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration

    English version (5:10) 
    Spanish version (7:03)

    Accompanying this video is a short online quiz about the topics covered.


    FIVE-PART “LET’S GO WALKING!” VIDEO SERIES
    by the North Carolina Department of Transportation

    The NC DOT also provides written lesson plans for all of the following videos as well as an introductory video for teachers on their Let's Go Walking! webpage.


    ACTIVITIES
    Students should get permission from their parent or guardian before doing the activities.  Students should also do them with an adult or a responsible older family member such as a sibling.

    • Activity #1: Stand on the sidewalk near a street and point out the best places to cross the street. 

    • Activity #2: When you find a safe place to cross, practice stopping at the edge of the street, listening for cars and sirens and looking in all of the different directions that cars or other vehicles might be coming from.  When it’s safe to cross, practice walking across in a straight line while keeping your head up and looking around.

    • Activity #3: If you are waiting to cross a street, and a driver stops for you because you are next to a crosswalk or because they have a stop sign, practice making eye contact with them and waving.  When you are sure that they are waiting for you, practice crossing the street while keeping your head up and looking around.

    • Activity #4: Look for parked cars in driveways.  Talk to the person you are with about the signs that a car is backing out of a driveway.
       

    LEARN TO RIDE

    Video "The New and Faster Way to Teach a Child How to Ride Without Training Wheels"

    Learn to Ride Tip Sheet from Eugene Springfield Safe Routes to School (pdf)

    Blog post covering how to teach a child to ride, covering all the basics
    https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/teach-child-to-ride-a-bike.html#getting-ready-to-ride


    BIKE SAFETY

    Below are a few videos about safely bicycling on streets and multi-use paths.  Next to each video link is the length in minutes. The first video was created for Kindergarten through 3rd grade students and has versions in English and Spanish.  The second and third videos go into greater depth and show more advanced skills. They may be appropriate for 2nd and 3rd grade students who are mature and already have basic bicycle riding skills.

    Getting Ready to Ride: Fitting Your Helmet, Checking Your Bike, and Following the Rules of the Road
    Videos by the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration

    English version (5:02)
    Spanish version  (6:50)
    Accompanying this video is a short online quiz about the topics covered.

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    For students who are mature and already ride a bike in the street, here’s a longer video that goes into more detail about some of the same topics.
    Videos by the North Carolina Department of Transportation

    Let's Go Biking! Lesson 1: Get Ready to Ride - Video (17:16)  

    There are several moments in this video in which you can pause it and quiz yourself about certain topics or discuss them with another person.

    Note: This video mentions the North Carolina state law that requires children under 16 to wear a helmet.  Oregon has the same law.

    Bicycling Basics: Riding in the Street, Using Hand Signals, Avoiding Risky Behaviors, and Avoiding Obstacles - Video  (16:12)