Bicycle Safer Journey
Bicycle Safer Journey (revised 2014) helps educators, parents and others who care about bicycle safety to get the conversation started with children and youth. Available online, three videos – one for each of three age groups – accompanied by a quiz or discussion and an educator’s resource library can be used as an introduction to bicycle safety skills or to augment a comprehensive curriculum. Developed by the Federal Highway Administration.
Pedestrian Safer Journey
Whether walking with adult family members or with friends, learning basic pedestrian safety may help prevent injuries and prepare school-age children and youth for a lifetime of safe walking. Pedestrian Safer Journey helps educators, parents and others who care about pedestrian safety to get the conversation started with children and youth. Three videos — one for each of three age groups — accompanied by a quiz or discussion and an educator’s resource library can be used as an introduction to pedestrian safety skills or to augment a comprehensive curriculum. Developed by the Federal Highway Administration.
Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Guide
This website contains information helpful for teaching children pedestrian and bicycling safety skills. It includes a kids section with 1) pedestrian safety curriculum, including lesson plans broken down by grade and parent/caregiver tip sheets in English and Spanish, 2) resources for teaching the meaning of street signs, 3) a walking safety checklist of rules for kids and parents, and more. The “Cyclists” section contains helpful instructional material as well.
Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum
The Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum teaches and encourages pedestrian safety for students grades Kindergarten through 5th Grade. It is organized into five lessons: walking near traffic, crossing streets, crossing intersections, parking lot safety, and school bus safety. Each lesson builds upon previous set of skills learned. Developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
An Organizer’s Guide to Bicycle Rodeos
This guide outlines a step-by-step approach to designing a successful bicycle rodeo. It organizes the bike rodeo into stations with clear descriptions of materials needed, set-up diagrams, and procedure. It can be used as is or modified. Developed by Cornell University Cooperative Extension.
Core Subject Lesson Plans: Grades K-8th
The Colorado Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program incorporates bicycle and pedestrian lessons in core K-8 classes (math, science, history, language arts, etc.). These lesson plans were created to align specifically with the State of Colorado’s standards for education for core K-8 classes but can be adapted for other states. The website provides an index of downloadable lesson plans organized by grade level and content area. Provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Walk to School Curriculum: Grades 5-6
This British curriculum, developed by the Environmental Transport Association, provides a week of lessons that focus on global climate change and local traffic congestion. These plans can be adapted for US grades 5 and 6. Promoted by the National Center for Safe Routes to School.
Children’s Books that Promote Bicycling and Walking
This list was compiled by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership at the end of 2011. It contains children’s books that highlight safety and the fun of traveling by bicycle and foot.
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Make Tracks Active Travel Challenge
The Make Tracks Active Travel Challenge inspires students to get physical activity by giving kids a monthly goal and a way to track active trips with minimal administration by parents or school staff.
Make Tracks can be started in a school anytime during the academic year, and small prizes are encouraged to incentivize participation. A traveling trophy (made or purchased) can be awarded to the winning classroom each month.
Available here is a printable monthly scorecard and an introductory letter in English and Spanish. For further assistance, contact SRTS Tucson staff.
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City of Tucson Bikeways Maps
This website provides maps to help bicyclists find the most appropriate route to reach their destination in the City of Tucson and greater Pima County. Help children find the safest and most appealing bicycling route in their area using these maps for the City of Tucson metro area, University of Arizona area, Sunnyside Elvira neighborhood, and Green Valley.
Proposition 407: Parks & Connections
In Fall 2018, City of Tucson voters passed Proposition 407, generating $225 million to fund parks and connections (pedestrian pathways, bicycle pathways, pedestrian, and bicycle safety). Many of the connections projects will provide safe routes for Tucson families to get to neighborhood destinations like schools, parks, and community centers. Check out this online, interactive map to see where and when projects will be implemented.
Standard SRTS Parent Survey
This parent survey, available in English and Spanish, asks for information about what factors affect whether parents allow their children to walk or bike to school, the presence of key safety-related conditions along routes to school, and related background information. This is a standard survey developed by the National Center for Safe Routes to School.
Standard SRTS Student Travel Tally
This form helps measure how students get to school and whether the SRTS Program affects trips to and from school. Teachers can use this form to record specific information about how children arrive to and depart from school on two days in a given week. This is the standard travel tally developed by the National Center for Safe Routes to School.
Tucson SRTS Parent Survey
This survey, developed by the SRTS Tucson program, asks parents about their children’s travel behavior, reasons for commuting decisions, and interest in various SRTS events/activities for their children. It also explains the purpose of a Walking School Bus (WSB) and asks parents if they would like to participate in a WSB program at their school. The survey is modifiable and available in English and Spanish. A short version is available for schools with ongoing SRTS activities. A longer version is available for new SRTS schools.
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Tucson SRTS Student Travel Tally
This form, like the standard travel tally, measures how students get to school and whether the SRTS Program affects trips to and from school. Teachers use the form to record specific information about how children arrive to and depart from school on two days in a given week. This travel tally was developed to be easy to read/use and is modifiable.
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Tucson SRTS Teacher Survey
This survey asks teachers about student and parent attitudes towards walking and biking, about their own travel behavior, and for their suggestions for increasing the appeal and/or safety of walking and biking to school. It also inquires about teacher’s interest in being involved in SRTS activities at the school. The survey is available here in a modifiable format.
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