Stay safe walking/biking to school

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Children’s Hospital 10Mobile, travels throughout San Diego 365 days a year providing information on proper dental hygiene, developmental milestones, asthma prevention, home-alone safety tips and literacy; and services such as height/weight screenings, car seat safety inspections, bike safety checks and child ID/fingerprinting.


To schedule a presentation on: Helmet & Bike Safety Checks – at your child’s school please visit their link below:


Each presentation is approximately 30-45 minutes long and is best presented in an auditorium or other closed setting.


6 steps to stay safe walking

1) When walking, stop at every curb or edge.
2) Always look and listen, especially while crossing. Look left; look right;then left again, before stepping past any curb or edge.
3) Always wear a helmet when riding a bike.
4) Always ride in the same direction as traffic.
5) Know what signs say. When walking or riding, follow all traffic signs andsignals.
6) When riding, always stop; look left; look right; then left again before pulling out of a driveway.

Safety Tips for Walking and Bicycling

Walking and bicycling is fun, it helps keep us fit, and gives us mobility and a sense of independence. However, kids are not “”little adults”” and can not be expected to make safe decisions without adequate discussion and training. The attitudes you, as a parent, instill in you child now will determine how he or she will walk and ride for years to come.

Remember-children are not “”little adults.”” They:
Can’t judge how fast cars are moving toward them…they believe that motorists can stop immediately…get distracted easily and act unpredictably….Forget to look for traffic if they’re playing or thinking about something else like the ice cream truck…don’t have as full a range of vision as adults do…and are shorter and smaller than adults, and hard for motorists to see

Safe Walking Tips
1)Set a good example. When crossing the street with a child, always:
Stop at the curb or edge or a parked car
Look left, right, and left again before crossing
Keep on looking before you reach the other side
2)Remind children to:
Never dart out from between parked cars
Never play in the street
3)Point out examples of “”Edges”” like curbs and driveways
Edges should be thought of like cliff edges. And edge is a driveway, curb or other barrier to vision such as a bush or fence. You always stop, look and listen at an edge EVEN if you are at a curb and there is a green pedestrian light. Stop, look left, right and left again to look for moving cars before moving past an edge.

Safe Bicycling Tips
Helmet Safety & Fitting: In the State of California it is the law that everyone under 17 must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, scooter, skateboard or anything else with wheels because it will greatly reduce your chance of serious injury in a collision. When fitting, helmets should be level on the head with room for only 2 fingers to fit between strap and chin. When strapped, they should not “”wiggle around”” when the child shakes their head.

How old is old enough to ride safely?
There is no “”magic age”” at which a bicyclist becomes safe. Some ten year olds are accomplished road users, while some adult riders are “”accidents looking to happen.”” Nevertheless, it can be said that before the age of ten, few kids can really understand traffic. They can be taught certain specific skills but they will have trouble understanding concepts like “”right-of-way.””If you are an experienced cyclist, you can take your child out for training rides in abandoned parking lots or bike paths. In Santa Barbara, it is actually illegal to ride on the sidewalk at any age because it can be dangerous to pedestrians and to the bikers themselves crossing driveways. Below are some important rules:
No playing on the road.
Stop for all stop signs.
No riding on busy streets.
Ride on the right with traffic.
No riding at night.
Always wear a helmet.

Accident Facts- 4 Common Crashes

1. Driveway Rideout: When a youngster rides out of the driveway and gets hit by a car, that’s a “”rideout”” accident.
What you can do: The most important thing you can do is teach your child about driveway safety. Take your child outside to the driveway and have him or her practice the following steps:
1)Stop before entering the street.
2)Scan left, right, and left for traffic.
3) If there’s no traffic, proceed into the roadway.

2. Running the stop sign: Most riders who get hit riding through stop signs know that they are supposed to stop. They just don’t see why…or they get distracted. The thing to impress upon your child is that, while he or she may not get hit every time, running stop signs will eventually result in an accident.
What you can do: Take your child to a stop sign near home. Explain what it means emphasizing the following points:
1)Stop at all stop signs regardless of what is happening.
2)Scan both directions for traffic.
3)Wait for any cross traffic to clear.
4) Proceed only when safe.

3. Turning without warning: Another major accident type involves bicyclists who make unexpected left turns. They neither scan behind for traffic nor do they signal. The key factor here is neglecting to scan to the rear. If the cyclists had looked, they would have seen the cars coming up from behind.What you can do: Of course, you ought to teach your child to walk across busy streets with their bikes- at least until he or she has had some advanced training and is old enough to understand traffic. But in the meantime, for residential street riding, you can teach your child to always scan and signal before turning left. A big part of this lesson is teaching the child how to scan to the rear without swerving. Take the child to a playground to practice riding along a straight paint line while scanning behind. Stand alongside and hold up two fingers on your hand after the child rides by. Call his or her name. After 15 minutes of practice a 10 year old should be able to look behind and identify how many fingers you are holding up-all without swerving more than 6 inches in either direction!

4. Wrong-Way Riding: This type of crash happens most often when a cyclist surprises a motorist by “appearing out of nowhere” riding against traffic.
What you can do: Teach your child to always ride with the flow of traffic. Remember a bicycle is a vehicle and the same rules apply.

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