National Walk to School Day 2017

walk to school day safety Southwest FloridaEach year on the first Wednesday in October, students, school staff, families and others in the community celebrate National Walk to School Day. The objective of National Walk to School Day is to raise awareness and support for healthy habits, and community safety.

Schools Participating in National Walk to School Day

Lee County

  • Bayshore Elementary School
  • Bonita Springs Elementary School
  • Caloosa Middle School
  • Challenger Middle School
  • Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School
  • Franklin Park Elementary School
  • Orangewood Elementary School
  • Tanglewood Elementary School
  • Tropic Isles Elementary School
  • Veterans Park Academy for the Arts
  • Villas Elementary School

Collier County

  • Avalon Elementary School
  • Corkscrew Elementary School
  • Highlands Elementary School
  • Lake Trafford Elementary School
  • Pinecrest Elementary School
  • Poinciana Elementary School
  • Sea Gate Elementary School
  • Tommie Barnfield Elementary School

Charlotte County

  • Deep Creek Elementary School
  • L.A. Ainger Middle School
  • Murdock Middle School
  • Port Charlotte Middle School
  • Sallie Jones Elementary School
  • Vineland Elementary School To view other counties and to see an updated list, visit Who’s Walking – 2017 To register, visit Walk to School Day Registration

National Walk to School Day Safety Tips

For any walk or bike to school day event, safety always comes first. Prior to the event to ensure safety for all, plan a safe route by working with the community and with local law enforcement.

  1.  Avoid traffic if possible – When choosing the safest route find areas to walk which are away from traffic. Areas with a sidewalk are preferable.
  2. Crosswalks – Minimize the number of street crossings, or avoid crossing the street if possible. If crossing the street is a must, cross where there is an adult school crossing guard.
  3. Cautious Drivers – Find a route where the drivers will be paying attention and will yield to pedestrians. Roads, where school zone signs are posted, are helpful. For more safety tips, visit Tips for Walking Safely to School

Tips for Driving Around Schools

During National Walk to School Day, and each day, motorists should always be cautious when driving in neighborhoods with schools nearby. When driving near schools, motorists should always do the following: obey all traffic laws and speed limits. Stop for school buses when the lights are flashing and the stop sign arm is extended, watch for children walking or bicycling, and leave your cell phone down and stay alert. Children are often unpredictable, by slowing down and avoiding distractions, pedestrian accidents in school zones can be avoided.

Protect Your Rights

The attorneys and staff at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice, and Purtz hope that you and your family never become a victim in a pedestrian accident. By following pedestrian laws and being proactive, some accidents can be avoided, however, accidents do happen. If you or someone you know has been injured by a negligent driver in a pedestrian accident call the attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz. We have over 5 decades of experience with personal injury cases, and we are here to fight for you. We have six locations across Southwest Florida. Our offices are in Fort Myers (2 to serve you), Naples, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres and Port Charlotte. Call us today to set up your appointment for a free consultation.