Educate Children and Parents

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SRTS Education programs can teach students how to walk, bike, or roll safely and inform parents and other drivers how to drive more safely around pedestrians and bicyclists. Click on the links below for more information and fun Education program ideas.

General Information

  • SRTS Guide, National Center for SRTS
    • Provides an overview of effective SRTS education strategies and messages for children and adults.

Elementary-Aged Children

Sample Lesson Plans from Local Programs

  • Let’s Go NC!, North Carolina Department of Transportation
    • Let’s Go NC! A Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Skills Program for Healthy, Active Children is an all-in-one package of lesson plans, materials, activities and instructional videos that encourages children to learn about and practice fundamental skills that build safe habits.
  • Classroom Activities and Pedestrian and Bike Training Resources, California Walk to School Headquarters
    • Provides ideas for classroom activities that provide pedestrian and bicycle safety education and encouragement.
  • Marin County SRTS Program
    • Lesson plans for 2nd, 4th, and 6th grade students
  • Walk and Roll K-5 Educator Guide, Transform
    • Provides teachers and afterschool program providers with easy-to-teach, standards-based activities that include themes such as pedestrian safety, community, impact of travel on climate change and our health, and making smart choices.  Linked to California education standards.
  • SRTS Classroom Activities, NHTSA
    • Classroom activities for all Elementary School Grade Levels for English, History, Science, Math, and Geography classes
  • Walk/Bike Across America Guide
    • Guide for doing a “Walk/Bike Across America” encouragement program or classroom lesson.  Classes or schools use a wall map that allows students to track the miles they walk and bike to school and then combine those miles with their classmates to accumulate enough miles to travel around the map.  “Visit” historical sites or national parks across the United States!
  • Mississippi Office of Healthy Schools
    • Contains 40 lesson plans targeting Grades K-8 (must register to access)
  • Educating Children and Teens, Bicyclinginfo.org
    • Provides a variety of videos aimed at teaching bicycle safety to children
  • Bicycle Safety Education Resources
    • Contains guides for bicycle safety skills rodeos, bicycle safety curricula, helmet fitting information, and more

Teen Education

  • Tips for engaging middle school students, National Center for SRTS
    • This tip sheet offers ideas to get middle school youth excited about walking and bicycling to school!
  • Teens Go Green, Marin County Bicycle Coalition
    • Inspiration and ideas to engage teens in SRTS through environmental awareness.
  • Mississippi Office of Healthy Schools
    • 40 lesson plans targeting Grades K-8 (must register to access)
  • Make Trax Youth Project, Michigan SRTS
    • Provides a set of 8 lessons and support materials that can be used in the classroom or outside of school and provides methods to engage youth in SRTS planning.

Online Games and Tools for Children and Youth

  • Get to School (and Back Again) Safely, NHTSA
    • Downloadable game board and game cards are provide a fun way to teach pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • Carbon Use Calculator for Students
    • Students and teachers can calculate their CO2 emissions/footprint and participate in online discussion forums where other teachers and students are sharing their activities to reduce their carbon footprint.  Users can compare their carbon footprints and goals to those of others in the same or different school, country, gender, and age group.
  • A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change, Environmental Protection Agency
    • This website helps provide students (and educators!) with clear, accurate information about the causes and effects of climate change—as well as the steps we can all take to help solve the problem.  Resources for educators to develop lesson plans is included.
  • The Brainy Bunch:
    • A resource for brain injury prevention and awareness, including interactive games and puzzles for children
  • Bicycle Safer Journey, FHWA
    • The three videos – one for each of three age groups: 5-9, 10-14, and 15-18 – can be used as an introduction to bicycle safety skills or to augment a comprehensive curriculum.  The age-appropriate videos, which are available in English and Spanish, address picking the safest places to bicycle and the importance of being alert.
  • Pedestrian Safer Journey, FHWA
    • 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 (5-9, 10-14, and 15-18) — 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.

Curricula Guides

  • SRTS Bicycle and Pedestrian Curricula Guide, SRTS National Partnership
    • This guide gives SRTS practitioners, teachers, school administrators and others the necessary background information to fully understand the positive benefits of teaching bicycle and pedestrian education in the classroom, and to provide these audiences with easy access to currently available curricula.  The guide and its accompanying inventory are organized into descriptive categories that will help in choosing the right curriculum for specific classroom needs.

Educational Material for Diverse Populations

Materials For Parents

Materials for Schools