Walk to School Month
National Walk to School Month is celebrated during October, and the first Wednesday of October is Walk to School Day. There are numerous organizations that provide communities with ideas for encouraging walking and bicyling to school, as well as increasing safety for students who walk or bike.
Consider visiting the Pennsylvania Safe Routes to School page for more information on how you can get involved. Also check out how some communities have established a walking school bus.
Walk to School Day is an internationally recognized day that celebrates the benefits of walking by encouraging children to walk and bicycle to school. Held annually in October, the event is designated as Walk or Roll to School Day in Pennsylvania. By promoting walking and bicycling on a designated day and generating enthusiasm for the event, Walk or Roll to School Day promoters hope to draw attention to the need for safe routes to school and to encourage children to make walking and bicycling to school a regular activity.
Walk or Roll to School Day is not a one-size-fits-all event. Communities throughout Pennsylvania, the nation, and even the world have found their own unique ways to celebrate the day
Yield to Pedestrian Channelizing Devices
To enhance pedestrian safety at intersections, PennDOT offers free Yield to Pedestrian Channelizing Devices to municipalities. The signs should be deployed to intersections with a documented pedestrian crash history or a location where pedestrians have trouble crossing because motorists fail to yield.
The signs are designed to remind motorists of Pennsylvania law requiring the operator of a vehicle to yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing a roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection where there are no traffic controls or traffic controls are not in operation. Violators of the law are subject to a $50 fine.
PennDOT has distributed more than 10,000 devices since 2001, while pedestrian crashes have fallen by 25 percent over that time.
To see more detail on these devices and how to request them, check out Public Safety Program, Yield to Pedestrians (PDF).
Pedestrian Safety Tips
- Wear light-colored, reflective clothing so you can be seen.
- Walk against traffic.
- Make eye contact with motorists before crossing the street.
- Be aware of your surroundings.