A press release from PennDOT has announced that Wed., Oct. 3 is Walk or Roll to School Day across Pennsylvania.
“Celebrating walking and bicycling safely is a great way to establish safe habits in our youth, increasing their safety and fostering future generations of safe travelers,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch.
This event is part of International Walk to School Day, which builds awareness of the advantages of walkable communities across the world.
To encourage safe travel, parents should remind students to walk on the sidewalk, or the side of the road facing traffic if there is no sidewalk. Students should only cross streets at corners or marked crosswalks and look left, right, and then left again before stepping into the street.
Bike riders must obey all traffic signs and signals. They should ride along the right side of the road with traffic and signal when they are turning. Children under 12 are required by law to wear a properly fitting helmet.