WALK THIS WAY
About International Walk to School Day
International Walk to School Day is dedicated to walking to school with a purpose — to promote physical activity, safety, health and concern for the environment. International Walk to School Day is promoted nationally by The Partnership for a Walkable America.
Walk to School Day was Wednesday, October 2, but families should continue the conversation with their children about walking safety, like:
- Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
- Look both ways before crossing the street.
- Dress for Alaska’s unpredictable weather.
- Remain alert and be aware of your surroundings.
- Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
- Bring a flashlight or headlamp, reflective gear is important during Alaska’s dark winter months.
While we recommend that families talk about pedestrian safety together, we also want to encourage drivers to be patient and vigilant as children walk or bike to and from school.
- Avoid distracted driving, keep your phone in your bag/pocket - A new ordinance (law) passed by the Anchorage Assembly on June 20, 2019 makes it unlawful for a driver of any vehicle to talk on a mobile communication device while driving a vehicle within an active school zone or on school grounds, unless the vehicle is stopped or a hands-free device is used.
- Slow down – Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.
- Pay attention to road signs – When in school zones, lights flash to indicate times when students are traveling to and from school. When lights are flashing, drivers must reduce their speed to 20 mph.
- Know your vehicle’s blind spots.
- Pedestrians have the right of way.
- Always have your headlights on – Having your headlights on makes it easier for other vehicles and pedestrians to see you.
Safe Kids Alaska “Walk this Way”
Safe Kids Alaska, FedEx volunteers, Anchorage School District, Anchorage Police Department and Anchorage Fire Department joined Anchorage students at Tudor Elementary School to celebrate International Walk to School Day with the Safe Kids Alaska “Walk this Way” program on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
The activities are designed to help educate children and families about the importance of pedestrian safety and wintertime visibility. Volunteers will walk to school with students and serve as crossing guards to encourage safe pedestrian behavior, promote driver awareness of pedestrians and educate students regarding the importance of reflective clothing.