October 2nd marks International Walk and Bike to School Day and members of the local non-profit organization, The Safety Place, will teach children what to look out for when they’re on their way to school.
The program educates children, caregivers and community members about the importance of pedestrian and bicyclist skills, the rules of the road, personal safety and improving health and environmental conditions for youth.
The Safety Place partnered with i-Care, the mayor’s office, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and many more to bring the event together.
A pedestrian parade for students to walk a safe route through campus and learn safety rules while still being active.
Those with The Safety Place say it’s critical for children to learn these skills while they’re young.
“It is very important to keep our children safe in any aspect. With safety by biking and walking safely and changing these behaviors when they are young as a Pre-K student and a kindergarten student it instills that into their youth,” says Community Outreach Coordinator Ashlyn Dyess.
Why Walk, Roll & Stroll to School & in the Community:
- It’s fun, healthy, and improves quality and quantity of life
- Reduces traffic congestion
- Improves environmental conditions
- Use sidewalks & crosswalks
- Wear bright colors & reflective materials
- Look both ways & make eye contact before crossing the street
- Avoid headphones that drown out sounds such as horns & sirens
- Focus; no cell phones while walking
The celebration will get underway beginning at 8 a.m. at The Dufrocq School.