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New School Year, New Bike Helmets for Safe Routes to School

SDOT’s Safe Routes to School program just hosted THREE back to school kickoff events around Seattle where kids and families enjoyed music, healthy snacks, games, and prizes while learning about walking and biking to school safely. In all, 139 students got free helmets, safety prizes, and a renewed excitement to hit the road on two wheels or by foot to get to school.

Along with Cascade Bicycle Club, we had a fleet of bikes ready for kids to practice their bike safety know-how. In our Bike Rodeo, kids learned important skills and the rules of the road, including how to safely cross an intersection, scan for cars, switch speeds, and avoid things like potholes. Some of the other fun stuff:  scavenger hunts, crafts, a raffle, our safety-themed prize wheel, and reading transportation-themed books from The Seattle Public Library.

As part Move Seattle, all 3rd to 5th graders in Seattle Public Schools will get similar biking and walking education as a part of their in-school PE classes. Be sure to reach out to your child’s school for more info, and check out our Safe Routes to School Guide for ways to promote biking and traffic safety in your neighborhood!

SDOT’s Safe routes to school program is committed to making sure all students can walk and bike safely to school. Check out our free SRTS incentive packages to support a walking and biking campaign at your school!