Irvine Police and Community Services Announce Safe Routes to School Program
The Irvine Police Department and the Irvine Community Services Department are pleased to announce a partnership with the Irvine Unified School District to implement the Safe Routes to School Program. This program will educate students and their families about traffic safety and promote safer bicycle and pedestrian travels to and from school. The Safe Routes to School Program is a four-year federal grant program. It will enable the City to provide pedestrian and bicycle safety workshops and assemblies as well as school and community bicycle safety clinics for elementary and middle school students and families. Look for bicycle and pedestrian safety activities at your school and in the community during the upcoming months.
Below are a few helpful tips for biking and walking in Irvine:
1. Bicyclists are required to obey all traffic rules and signs.
2. Walk on sidewalks, facing traffic when possible.
3. Bike on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic, but out of the car door zone – 3 feet from cars.
4. Look both directions and make eye-contact with drivers to ensure they see you before crossing intersections, driveways and crosswalks.
5. While riding, always give proper hand signals.
6. Wear bright, retro-reflective clothing and use headlights, reflectors and blinking tail lights so drivers can see you.
7. Ride single file and watch for car doors being opened.
8. Do not carry passengers on your bike.
9. Select routes with bike paths or lanes wide enough for bicyclists and drivers.
10. Be extra cautious at intersections. Stay in the crosswalk while walking your bike across busy intersections.
11. When riding, yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or on sidewalks and bike paths.
12. Never ride with headphones, headsets or earplugs.
13. All riders should wear helmets, but it is the law if you are under the age of 18.
14. Keep your bike in good condition. Know your bicycle maintenance ABC’s: Air, Brakes, and Chains.
15. Watch for cars turning or pulling in or out of driveways or school parking lots.
16. Do not do the unexpected – when children are hit by vehicles, it is often because they cross the street mid-block, from between parked cars or dash out into traffic unexpectedly.
17. Drivers should always slow down and be extra alert near schools or when children are present.
For more information about the program, please contact Sergeant Troy Gielish (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Irvine Police Department and Laurie Gruschka (email@example.com) in Irvine Community Services. You may also visit the National Center for Safe Routes to School website at: http://guide.saferoutesinfo.org/education/key_messages_for_children.cfm#pedestrian