This autumn, the Oregon Walk+Bike program is partnering with Fire Up Your Feet to streamline registration and tracking for International Walk to School Day and the Fire Up Your Feet Challenge on the same website. The Fire Up Your Feet Challenge runs during the entire month of October, and offers cash awards to schools in Oregon & SW Washington that track their physical activity during the month. Over 157 schools throughout Oregon have registered at Fire Up Your Feet to participate in Walk to School Day this year.
Tips for Walking Safely to School and in Life
From Fire Up Your Feet Safe Walking Tips
Walking is a great way to have fun and stay healthy. Make sure that you are a safe walker by following these important tips!
Where to Walk
Always walk on the sidewalk when available, try not to walk in the street. If there is no sidewalk and you must walk in the street, walk so you are facing the cars and can see them coming! Stay out of parking lots and be careful near driveways! These are places where drivers of cars are not usually looking for kids.
Crossing the Street
- Stop at the curb or the edge of the street.
- Look left, look right, look left again, behind you and in front of you for traffic.
- Listen for cars. Do you hear any loud car sounds?
- When you are sure that no cars are nearby, you can safely cross.
- Walk, don’t run, across the street.
It is important that everyone can see you, when they can see you they can try and keep you safe (especially when crossing the street). When walking wear bright colors or reflectors so that you are visible and if walking when it is dark out consider using a flashlight too.
Walk with Friends
Walking with your friends or family is a fun and healthy way to spend time together. Start or join a Walking School Bus so you can walk with friends and stay safe on your walk to school.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Always pay attention to what is going on around you, it’ll help you stay safe and you’ll probably see some cool things you wouldn’t normally notice too!
Walking is a fun way to get out and about with your friends and family, take advantage of every opportunity you get to walk and you’ll be happy and healthy for life!
Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is led by Oregon Public Health. Click here for information on other Injury Areas.