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Below community members can find resources providing information on the following topics:
  • Identifying and signals used by bicyclists.
  • Requirements for maintenance of your sidewalks for safe student travel to and from school.
  • Adult School Crossing Guard Guidelines.
Hand signals used by bicyclists:
A good understanding of the signals and rules used by bicyclists can help make both your drive and a student's ride to school safe and successful.  Typical Laws and safety recommendations related to bicycling are outlined below:
  • Bicyclists should always ride with traffic in the right hand lane. 
  • Bicyclists must obey the same traffic signals as cars.  This includes stopping at stop signs, yielding when directed, and using proper turn lanes.
  • Bicyclists should always wear bright or reflective clothing when riding so they can be visible to cars.
  • Bicyclists should always use the proper hand signals when turning.  Hand signals for left and right turns as well as stopping are illustrated below.safe11.jpg (9673 bytes)
Sidewalk-related laws & policies:
Your community likely has policies and laws related to pedestrian and bicyclist infrastructure.  These can frequently be found in your local zoning ordinance, or by contacting your local municipal administrator or clerk.
 
School Crossing Guard Guidelines:
Busy intersections pose the biggest threat to students walking to school.  To combat this danger, schools, law enforcement officials, parents, and community members should develop a school crossing guard program.  There are several factors that need to be considered when implementing this program, such as critical locations for guards, the role the guards should play, funding for guards, and training among others.
 
For a comprehensive review of what is required for an effective School Crossing Guard program, review the National Safe Routes to School's Adult School Crossing Guard Guidelines.

Walkability:
How does your community rank for walkability? Check your walkability score at www.walkscore.com