Pedestrian & Cyclist Safety
Many young children will find themselves in a position where they are responsible for their own safety and security. For many, this will be the first time in their lives, an adult will not be watching over them as they walk to and from school. Most children will adapt well to their newly acquired independence and will not have any problems. Others however will not be so fortunate.
Socorro ISD is committed to working with our parents in order to provide our students with enough knowledge to get them to and from school safely. Please take the time to discuss safety issues with your children.
Watch for Parked Cars!
Learn the rules of the road, and obey all traffic laws.
- Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against Stay as far to the right as possible.
- Use appropriate hand signal
- Respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stop lights.
- Stop and look lest, right and left again before entering a street or crossing an intersection. Look back and yield to traffic coming from behind before turning left.
- Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Signal your moves to others.
Stay Alert at All Times
- Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracts, or anything that could make you lose control of your bike.
- Use your eyes AND ears. You need your ears to hear traffic and avoid dangerous situations: don’t wear a headset when you ride.
Safely walk and bike to school
- Always cross the street at a cross walk, preferable at an intersection controlled by traffic lights or stop signs.
- Make eye contact with drivers as you are crossing to make sure they see you.
- Always look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
- Cross when the street is clear; do not enter a crosswalk until all traffic has stopped.
- Looking both ways while crossing. Walk, don’t run.
- Always use a sidewalk if available.
- Walk on the side of the street so the traffic nearest you is coming toward you.
- Carry a flashlight at night, dawn and dusk. Wear reflective materials or add reflective tape to backpacks and shoes.
- Bike on the side of the street in the same direction as car traffic.
- Always wear a helmet.
- Use bike lanes, if available.
- Scan the road and the sides of the road ahead for potential pedestrians.
- Before making a turn, look in all directions for pedestrians crossing.
- Do not use your cell phone while driving.
- Look carefully behind your vehicle for approaching pedestrian before backing-up, especially small children.
- Never pass/overtake a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.
- Obey speed limits and come to a complete stop at STOP signs.
- Use extra caution when driving near children playing along the street or older pedestrians who may not see or hear you.
- Always be prepared to stop for pedestrians.