Walking and biking are fun and healthy ways to get to school each morning, but students, parents, staff and community members should take precautions to ensure the protection of our most precious assets: Our children.
Parents, teachers and administrators should emphasize pedestrian/biking safety with students, and drivers should be extremely cautious when driving near a school or in a neighborhood, particularly in the morning and afternoon during school start and dismissal times. For walkers and bike riders, here are some important tips to keep in mind:
- Wear bright-colored clothes, and carry flashlight or wear reflective gear if it is dark or hard to see.
- Look for traffic at every driveway and intersection. Be aware of drivers in parked cars that may be getting ready to move.
- Walk or bike in a group.
- When walking or biking while wearing earbuds, keep the volume at a level where you can still hear traffic and surrounding sounds.
- Cross at corners and use crosswalks whenever possible; always stay within the lines of the crosswalk.
- Never walk, run or ride your bike between parked cars or busses.
- Walk on the sidewalk or a walking path. Where there is no sidewalk and you have to walk on the road, be sure to walk facing traffic.
- When riding your bike at dawn, dusk or nighttime always use lights: white in front, red in back.
- Always wear a helmet! For children under 18 in Austin, it’s the law!
- Ride on the right side of the road in a single file line (one bike behind the other) in the same direction as other vehicles and come to a complete stop before crossing streets.
The safety and security of our students will always be Round Rock ISD’s No. 1 priority. Working together, we can provide the safest possible environment for our students.