Walk, Bike, Ride Safety Tips

posted Apr 10, 2019, 5:13 AM by Jorge Goncalves
Drop-off and Pick-up Safety Reminders
  • We ask that every parent exercise utmost care in the drop-off and pick-up areas behind NAMS.
  • Please note that students will be crossing traffic in the Drop-off / Pick-up zones and that you should proceed with caution through these areas.
  • Please do not drop-off in front of the school because this is where our buses drop off students before school.
  • You may find a copy of the Drop-off and Pick-up map here.
Walking to School
  • Cross at a crosswalk and follow the instructions of the crossing guard or the walk/don’t walk signal while preparing to cross the street.
  • Always look left, right, left before crossing.
  • Always wait until there is no oncoming traffic before crossing.
  • Walk, don’t run across the street.
  • Don’t walk while using ear buds, texting, or doing anything else that may prevent you from hearing traffic or distract your attention.
  • Pay close attention to your surroundings.
  • Always walk with a buddy.
  • Avoid using secluded shortcuts.
  • If a car stops to ask for directions or for help finding a lost pet, never approach the vehicle.
  • Never take rides from strangers, or even people you know, without permission from your parents.
  • If someone calls out to you, approaches you, or makes you feel uncomfortable, quickly walk away and report what took place to an adult.
Riding to School
  • Anyone 16 years of age or younger should wear a helmet when riding a bike in Massachusetts.
  • Ride on the right side of the road going with the flow of traffic.
  • Ride in a straight line when riding with other bikers, not side by side.
  • When turning, look back for cars and use your hand signal.
  • Yield to traffic when appropriate. If you see people walking across the street, stop and wait for them to cross.
  • Always stop at the end of your driveway and look left, right, and then left again before bicycling into the road.
  • Watch for cars backing out of driveways and for cross traffic at intersections.
  • Use your eyes AND ears. Don’t wear earphones or listen to music while you are riding so you can hear traffic.
  • Watch for and avoid dangers that can cause crashes, such as potholes, loose gravel or dogs.
  • Avoid using secluded shortcuts.
  • If a car stops to ask for directions or for help finding a lost pet, never approach the vehicle.
  • Never take rides from strangers, or even people you know, without permission from your parents.
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Jorge Goncalves,
Apr 10, 2019, 5:13 AM
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