Traffic & Bike Safety (all ages)
Traffic and Bike Safety Courses teach students sign recognition, rules of the road, pedestrian and crosswalk safety. The opportunity to drive miniature cars, or ride bikes throughout the village allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of street signs, hand signals, pedestrians crossing, and railroad safety. Taking the students on a train ride is another highlight as they review the road signs taught in the classroom. This course starts as early as Pre-K, advances with each grade, and builds on the previous year.
Visit the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee – SafeNY website for more information and for kid-friendly online activities
Pre-K/Kindergarten course walk-through:
Pre-K and Kindergarten students are introduced to fire safety classes at the village with Sparky the Fire Dog. Sparky narrates a story and shows the students how they should act if there is ever a fire in their home. The students are then given an opportunity to demonstrate and practice the skills they learned from Sparky.
These younger students are also given the opportunity to understand and practice how to use a crosswalk safely and how to stay safe in a parking lot. There is a discussion about the dangers of needles/syringes and weapons and how to act if they discover such an object. They will also explore the dangers of household products and poisons and the benefits and dangers of medicines.
Traffic Safety walk-through:
The first grade class helps students understand the many components of traffic safety. The students will explore the meaning of traffic and street signs, the rules of the road, the dangers of the railroad, and the importance of seat belts.
The second grade class builds upon the knowledge gained from the first grade traffic safety class. The students review the meaning of traffic and street signs, the rules of the road, the dangers of the railroad, and the importance of seat belts. There is also an in depth discussion about pedestrian safety and of slow moving vehicles.
One of the most popular activities in the village is driving the electric cars. At the end of the first and second grade classes, the students are given the opportunity to operate the electric vehicles within the village to review and reinforce the knowledge they gained in the classroom. They are also given a ride on the Safety Village Express which gives the perfect opportunity to review all the traffic signs.
Our bicycle safety class is designed to assist students in understanding the many components involved in safe bicycle riding. The students will learn the meaning of traffic and street signs, the rules of the road, and the dangers of the railroad. They will be taught hand signals and the ABC’s of bicycles. Before riding a bike, it is important to check the Air in the tires, make sure the Brakes work, and that the Chain is working properly. There is a discussion about proper clothing and the need for wearing a helmet while bicycling, no matter the distance they may travel or their level of experience. The class ends with the opportunity for students to ride bicycles within the village to review and reinforce the knowledge the students gained in the classroom.
Traffic Safety Tips:
- Teach kids at an early age to look left, right and left again before crossing the street. Then remind them to continue looking until safely across.
- Teach kids to put phones, headphones and devices down when crossing the street. It is particularly important to reinforce this message with teenagers.
- It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Children under 10 need to cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, most kids are unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars until age 10.
- Be a good role model. Set a good example by putting your phone, headphones and devices down when walking around cars.
Did you know?
Properly-fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent – yet less than half of children 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet.