North Texas schools are preparing for the fifth annual National Bike to School Day on May 4 to recognize the importance of bicycling and safe routes to school. Communities host Bike to School Day events that include helmet fittings, bicycle safety skills clinics and organized rides to school. Understanding how people bicycling, walking and driving should interact together safely is important to protecting our friends, families and neighbors. The number of crashes between people driving and people walking or bicycling, as well as resulting fatalities, have increased in the past five years.
For children to ride to school safely, drivers must follow the speed limit in school zones because children’s small size and unpredictable movements can make them difficult to see; and be aware of all children on or near the street, regardless of whether or not they have adult supervision. Drivers should treat bicycles as motor vehicles and watch out for people bicycling.
Likewise, bicyclists must obey all traffic signs and signals and take care to alert drivers when they will be turning, changing lanes or stopping. Signaling their intentions gives drivers notice of impending movements.
For more information, visit the North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Department and Regional Transportation Council at LookOutTexans.org