Spring sidewalk safety

Warm weather means less snow and more walking! After tons of snow this winter, everyone in Boston has a renewed appreciation for clear sidewalks. Walking to work or walking with your kids to school or the park is a great way to get your blood flowing and spend some time outside in the spring weather. There are lots of benefits to walking!

If you’re worried about walking taking too much time out of your day, pick one or two days a week to walk, and commute your regular way the other days. Check out the weather beforehand to see which days will have the best walking weather.

Wherever you’re walking, make sure you get there safely! Even though Boston is the 3rd most walkable city in the country, these tips will help you and your family stay safe.

Set a good example:

  • Teach your children to look left, right, and left again when crossing the street, and make sure you set a good example by doing the same
  • Don’t check your phone or wear headphones while crossing the street, and teach your kids to do the same

Teach your kids the rules of the road:

  • Younger children, under 10 or so, should cross the street with an adult. They are harder for drivers to see and can’t judge cars’ speeds and distances as well as adults
  • Watch out for all types of transportation, including bikes, cars, and other walkers
  • Teach your kids about cars’ turn signals and brake lights so they know what cars are doing
  • Walk on sidewalks, never the street
  • Teach your kids about traffic lights and what they mean

Make sure you and your kids are easily seen:

  • Make eye contact with drivers
  • Wear bright colors or reflective clothing, especially at night or early morning

Walking is an easy way to add more activity to your daily routine and you might even find yourself looking forward to it. Go find some great walking trails near you. Happy walking!

(Image courtesy of CBS Local, Boston)

Sources:

Safe Kids Worldwide

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