A trip to Safety City includes indoor and outdoor activities that teach children the skills they need to navigate New York City's streets safely. In the classroom, children explore safety concepts through reading, writing, and speaking, building literacy as well as self-esteem.
There are five Safety City sites in New York City, outfitted with an interactive simulated streetscape where children can safely practice skills such as crossing the street, putting on safety gear and riding bicycles. Students interact with real cars and trucks, pavement markings, street signals, signals and much more.
Think your school could benefit? Safety City offers programs year-round to third grade classes, summer camps and New Yorkers of all ages with physical and cognitive disabilities who are at special risk on our streets. For more information contact the DOT Office of Safety Education and Outreach at (212) 839-4750 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lessons about traffic safety begin at home with parents and caregivers. Children learn through experience—so when you’re out consider it practice! Talk to them to reinforce lessons and be sure to set a good example.
- Be a walking role model by crossing at crosswalks. Remind children that even if they see the WALK signal, they must still be on the lookout, especially for turning vehicles.
- When bicycling, make sure children have the right safety gear, like a properly fitted helmet. Practice bike skills and remind them of rules and tips so they’re ready to ride.
If you drive, make sure everyone in your vehicle buckles up using a safety belt or an appropriate child restraint. Explain the importance of careful driving—it’s never too soon to help children learn that speeding and distracted driving is dangerous for everyone.