Talk to kids about school zone safety |

Talk to kids about school zone safety

Transportation Responsibility & YouSabrina HarrisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox

As our children head back to school, parents need to remind their children the importance of safety around school zones as they travel to and from school, whether your child will be riding the bus, biking, walking to school or a combination of all.The start and end of each school day are the busiest times around school zones. Each family needs to discuss school zone safety with its children. Here are a few safety suggestions for parents. Walking to school: Children in grades kindergarten through third grade should be assisted by their parents to school. Do not allow them to cross the street alone. Cross streets at corners only, using traffic signals and crosswalks when available. Look for traffic before crossing the street. Wear reflective material it makes you more visible to street traffic. Prohibit children from playing around or pushing friends while waiting to cross. Riding the bus: Always be on time to catch the bus. Never run to or from a bus. Wait at the designated stop in a safe place well away from the street. Make sure the bus driver can see you as they stop to pick you up. If something falls under or near the school bus, tell the driver. Never try to pick it up yourself. Always use the handrail to enter and exit the bus. Once seated inside the bus, keep your head and arms inside and do not throw anything outside the windows. Always follow the driver’s instructions and be familiar with rules for emergencies.Riding a bike: Remember to make sure the bike is in good working condition, and always wear a helmet. A bike helmet can reduce injuries up to 85 percent. Make sure the helmet is bright-colored and fits properly. Always ride on the right side of the road and obey all other traffic rules. When crossing the street, watch out for oncoming traffic and walk your bike across the crosswalk.Practice these safety suggestions with your children and make this school year a safe one!

The traffic signals at 27th Street and South Grand Avenue will be set to flash mode starting the end of this week. It will flash for seven days before being activated. Asphalt replacement will also be occurring this week. Please use caution in this area.Donegan Road Phase II closure: Due to the replacement of utilities and construction of retaining walls above and below the road, Donegan Road will be closed to through traffic until Aug. 30. The closure from the east side of Stoneridge Court to the east entrance to Fairview Drive Access to Cedar Crest Drive is detoured through Sunny Acres Road while the water main and snowmelt system are replaced. Access to the Orchard Lane Townhomes will be from the west end of Donegan Road. Weather permitting, the project should be completed by Sept. 1. The city of Glenwood Springs and Heyl Construction thank you for your patience during the construction.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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