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Safe Routes to School Recap - September 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

During July, August and September, YNDC’s Safe Routes to School program has engaged 1,186 youth in pedestrian and bicycle safety education.  Walking School Buses have been held at Harding, Williamson, Taft and Wilson Elementary Schools with 87 youth participating.   Students were invited to meet at predetermined locations to walk to school discussing pedestrian safety issues such as crossing the street, utilizing crossing guards, and navigating neighborhoods and roads.  Bicycles provided by the RedZone and City Kids Care were raffled off to students in the Youngstown City School District.  YNDC provided a helmet to each of the 800 bicycle winners demonstrating the proper way to wear a helmet and discussing the importance of wearing one while riding bikes.  Bike rodeos were held at the Youngstown Parks Summer Day Camp program and YMHA properties, such as Rockford Village and Brier Hill, as well as community events such as the Rayen Neighborhood Celebration, the South Side Academy Back to School Bash, the Taft Back to School Bonanza and the Fall Fest Bike rodeo educating 295 youth on the importance of wearing a helmet and safe bicycling behaviors while providing obstacle courses to practice their skills.  Youth can practice starting and stopping, weaving through cones, and scanning behind them for traffic or other objects creating barriers for safe passage.