Walking School Bus
The cornerstone of most SRTS programs is the Walking School Bus, a group of chaperoned students who walk to school together. Chaperones are usually parents or teachers. Walking school buses create excitement about walking to school, provide “safety in numbers”, offer an opportunity to teach children to be aware of traffic and learn how to walk and cross safely. Walking school buses can be held every day, weekly, once a month, once a year, or at anytime that is appropriate for your school.
Frequent Walker Programs
Many schools motivate students to walk/bike to school with “frequent walker/bicyclist” programs. Students receive a “punch card” that tracks how many days that they have walked or bicycled to school. Incentives vary.
"Golden Sneaker" Award Classroom Competitions
Which homeroom had the most students walk or bike to school this week/month/ year?That is the motivation behind the “Golden Sneaker” award and similar friendly classroom competitions. HART can assist your school to develop a customized program.
HART staff is available to make safety presentations to students on a variety of bicycle, scooter and pedestrian safety topics. Our goal is to interactively teach students the importance of safety and demonstrate that learning can be fun! see list of presentations
How “walkable” or “bikeable” is your community? Using easy to follow checklists, HART can help you to identify opportunities and challenges to your Safe Routes to School Program. A great project for student groups, PTA, or other community group.
There are many ways to incorporate walking and bicycling into existing curriculum. Science and math classes are particularly suited to measuring the impact of more students walking/bicycling, tracking the number of steps that students are walking, etc. HART can provide curriculum assistance.
Every time a car idles outside the school, harmful emissions are being released. Studies show that these emissions, often known as “fine particulate pollution” may worsen the symptoms of asthma and/or can trigger an asthma attack. Children are particularly susceptible to respiratory problems. Why not reduce the amount of harmful emissions around your school?
K—4th Grade Pedestrian Safety Lesson
Elementary school aged students have the opportunity to get fully immersed in all aspects of pedestrian safety, while having fun! Activities include a wheel of questions, a safety matching game, an interactive simulated street “Look left, right, left” crosswalk lesson, and “Go, Slow, Stop” activity game.
5th—6th Grade Bike and Pedestrian Safety Lesson
Students will have the chance to take part in a bicycle and pedestrian “Jeopardy style” trivia game, a bicycle and pedestrian exercise, as well as learning that everyone shares an equal part when it comes to traveling safely on our roadways.
Scooter Safety Program (K—5th Grades)
This program highlights the importance of wearing proper safety equipment while riding a scooter, making sure the scooter is in good working order, where to ride safely, rules of the road, and how to interact with traffic.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Mobility Education
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), roadways, sidewalks and other parts of the transportation network are equipped with tools (curb ramps, detectable warnings, crosswalk buttons) to assist people with disabilities. These facilities are often misunderstood by the general population. This interactive program teaches students about the ADA facilities that they may see within their communities and how they help with mobility for people with disabilities.
Bike Rodeos are a great way to reinforce basic skills and teach valuable safety information.
Held after school, these “on bike” events can be held in the parking lot. HART will provide instructors and equipment