Safe Walking Tips
Walking is such great exercise and so easy too. Some studies have suggested that 20 minutes a day can cut your risk of heart disease by 50%. So we suggest that before you get in your car each morning, take a quick walk around the block. For the kids, try parking 5 blocks away from school. That’s about a 15 minute walk.
- First and foremost, know your route. Be sure you know the streets you are walking or biking on.
- Always tell someone where you are going, and if possible when you will return.
- Never hitchhike or take rides from people not arranged by your parents.
- Walk on sidewalks. If no sidewalks exist where you are walking, walk along the shoulder, facing traffic.
- Stop at all curbs, intersections and alleyways. Look both ways before proceeding, left, right, left again. Remember this little rhyme: “Before you use your feet, to cross the street, be sure to stop and look and listen, and then repeat” Why repeat? As you cross, be sure to continue to look both ways. This is called scanning.
- Wait until traffic is clear in both directions before crossing, then cross in a straight line. Continue scanning for traffic as you cross.
- If you are walking or biking in the evening be sure to wear bright clothing, reflectors or carry a light.