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Safe Routes Philly

Elementary school

Classroom resources and lessons for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Safe Routes Philly lessons

Pedestrian safety lessons

Pedestrian safety lessons cover walking near traffic and crossing streets and intersections safely.

Pedestrian safety lessons for students in grades K–5 meet Pennsylvania state education standards for health, physical education, and safety, as well as the national physical education standards outlined by Shape America.

Bicycle safety lessons

Bicycle safely lessons cover preparing to ride and safe riding practices, including opportunities to practice riding safely for grades 2–5.

All K–5 pedestrian and bicycle safety lessons meet Pennsylvania state education standards for health, physical education, and safety, as well as the national physical education standards outlined by Shape America.

Games, songs, and books

Safe Routes Philly activity book

Designed for students in grades 3–5, the Safe Routes Philly activity book covers bicycle and pedestrian safety through different activities.

Safe Routes Philly reading list

This list of books will get students excited about walking, biking, and rolling.

Active transportation games

These games are great for students and parents who walk and roll outside with their kids. They’re designed to highlight the benefits of using people-powered transportation and call attention to the different things on the street that help people move around.

Crossing the Street song

This catchy song helps young kids remember the steps for safely crossing the street.

Bus Busy Bags

Bus Busy Bags are designed for families with young children who are riding three bus routes through West Philadelphia (SEPTA Bus Routes 21, 41, and 52). Each bag includes an illustration of the bus route,  thematic book, and story starter cards.

Resources for parents, caregivers, and educators

Parent or caregiver tip sheets

These tip sheets provide parents and caregivers with guidance on how to practice pedestrian safety skills with children.

Biking with kids

Biking can be a fun way to get outside, stay active, and explore Philadelphia. Get tips for helping kids learn how to bike safely in the city.

Safe Routes Philly traffic garden guide

A guide to creating a temporary or semi-permanent traffic garden with scaled-down traffic features and urban elements. Traffic gardens offer a safe environment for children to practice navigating a street.

Other resources

ITE STEM lessons

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) is an international membership association of transportation professionals who work to improve mobility and safety for all transportation system users. They also help build smart and livable communities.

ITE has a collection of transportation-themed science, engineering, and technology (STEM) lesson plans and activities for students in pre-K through fifth grade.

End Distracted Driving

End Distracted Driving’s (EndDD) mission is to save lives from distracted driving through advocacy, education, and action. EndDD has lesson plans about distracted driving and advocating for safe driving behavior for students in grades 2–6.

Step by Step: How to Start a Walking School Bus

Walking School Busses provide opportunities for students to get physical activity with supervised walks to school. Designed by the Safe Routes Partnership, this step-by-step guide outlines how to plan and implement a walking school bus for your school, and includes tools, tips, templates, and additional resources. The guide is available in English and Spanish.

The Wheels on the Bike Go Round & Round: How to Get a Bike Train Rolling at Your School

A bike train is an organized group of children and adults who ride their bikes together to or from school along an established route. Designed by the Safe Routes Partnership, this guide outlines how to put together and run a bike train program at your school, including initial planning considerations, logistics, promotion, training, and evaluation.

Walk to School Day/Walk & Bike to School Day

Each year, schools across the country celebrate Walk to School Day on the second Wednesday of October and Walk and Bike to School Day on the first Wednesday in May. Visit this website for information and planning resources!