MCDOT’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator recently gave a pedestrian safety presentation to 120 middle school student leaders from 22 County schools.
Coordinator created an “It’s Academic”-style game to both entertain and
educate the students. Questions on pedestrian safety statistics and
safe walking tips included, “If a pedestrian is hit by a car traveling
40 mph, what is the chance they will survive?” The team with the most
points received wearable blinking lights as a prize. As hoped, the game
was engaging, with the students enthusiastically talking amongst
themselves about the answers.
Another training activity underway
is Train the Trainer sessions, where high school students learn how to
teach elementary kids to walk safely. These programs are especially
important due to the recent return to daylight savings time. Now, more
students are walking in darkness during the early morning hours, so stay
For more information, see the County's press release and visit MCDOT's revamped pedestrian safety website. You can also call our Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Nadji Kirby, at 240.777.7169 or email her.