Staying safe on Walk to School Day

Walking School Bus

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Wednesday is National Walk and Bike to School Day and the Rochester Public Works Department is reminding drivers to be careful.

In and around school zones, drivers are asked to:

  • Reduce speed and obey all traffic laws.
  • Do not double park or stop on crosswalks to let children out of your vehicle. That can block visibility of other drivers and pedestrians.
  • Stop for any school bus with its red overhead lights flashing and prepare to stop for a school bus with its overhead yellow lights flashing.
  • Anticipate children gathering and playing near bus stops.
  • Be ready for children who could dart into the street unexpectedly.
  • Check for children who are walking or biking to school when backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage.

Tens of thousands of students across the country are expected to take part in Walk and Bike to School Day, which began as a one-day event in American in 1997 and became an annual international activity in 2000, according to

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