Winter Walking Tips

Winter Walking Tips
From the Safe Routes To School Committee
As the winter months approach, the weather turns colder, and even as the first snow flakes fall from the sky, our outreach coordinators are still out there working with schools, setting up winter walking days, and other events for students and stakeholders.
To help encourage students to keep walking during the winter months, here are some tips to stay safe and warm:
  • Be Safe and Be Seen 
    • With less daylight hours, assume drivers can’t see you, so be more cautious.
    • Wear bright or reflective clothing.
    • Tall snowbanks might limit your ability to see cars. Remember to “sneak and peak” to look for oncoming traffic. If you can’t see them, they can’t see you.
  • Don’t Slip and Slide
    • Watch out for slippery surfaces. Assume that all wet, dark areas on pavement are slippery and icy and should be approached with caution.
    • Be sure to wear boots to help keep your balance on snow and ice.
    • Walk at a slower pace; walking like a penguin can help you stay balanced, and keep you from taking a spill.
    • Give yourself extra time to get to school.
  • Stay Warm and Dry
    • Wear a hat, scarf, mittens/gloves, and dress in layers.
    • Wear boots and warm socks.
 
Parents and Faculty:
  • Check to see if your community has a snow ordinance removal  for sidewalks and multi-use pathways.
  • Contact your SRTS outreach coordinator (Mira Hariskov at mira_hariskov@hotmail.com) for winter walking resources.