Safe Routes to School
The mission of the Takoma Safe Routes to School program is to make it safe for students to walk and bike to school. The program serves students and families at Takoma Park, Piney Branch, Rolling Terrace, and East Silver Spring Elementary Schools, and Takoma Park Middle School. A Safe Routes to School grant from the Maryland State Highway Administration funds the program. Learn more HERE.
Bicycle Safety Education
Safe Routes to School collaborates with area schools to offer bike safety rodeos free of charge to local students. With a combination of classroom learning and hands-on bicycle training, this program teaches best safety practices for biking to school and around town.
Host your own Rodeo! Community leaders must attend a Train the Trainer session before borrowing the trailer to hold their own Bike Rodeo. A Bike Safety Education Train the Trainer session is held annually. Please contact the SRTS Coordinator to learn more.
Other bike and pedestrian safety education activities include Walk to School Day in the Spring and Bike to School Day in the Fall.
iCan Shine Bike Camp for Individuals with Disabilities
For the fifth year, Takoma Park Safe Routes to School hosted the iCan Bike Camp in late June at Takoma Academy, 8120 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park. The camp is designed to teach individuals with disabilities how to ride a conventional bike and become lifelong independent riders! The camp is open to Maryland residents between 8 and 14 years of age, who can attend the camp for free.
Sixty volunteers are needed to assist the riders and provide encouragement and motivation. Volunteers must be 15 or older and agree to come to the same session every day of camp. They are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for a briefing, so the total commitment is 90 minutes a day. Volunteering at the camp is Montgomery County SSL approved.
Cross Safe, Cross Smart
To reinforce safe pedestrian practices, Takoma Park Safe Routes to School developed a Crosswalk Simulation Activity, now called Cross Safe, Cross Smart, for elementary school-aged kids. Cross Safe, Cross Smart includes a mock crosswalk, traffic signs, signals and other interactive props to engage the students. The workshop, offered in schools and in the community, emphasizes all the basics of pedestrian safety including tips for students to share with parents.
In addition to school workshops, the Cross Safe, Cross Smart kit is loaned to individuals in the community for hands on instruction. Teachers, parents, scout leaders, coaches, for example, can borrow the kit and learn how to use it. View the video and contact Lucy Neher, Safe Routes Coordinator to schedule a workshop or borrow the Cross Safe, Cross Smart kit.