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Brockton: Kennedy School 5th grade mentors/trainers

Brockton: Kennedy School 5th grade mentors/trainers

MassDOT’s Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program and Brockton schools are on track to complete pedestrian safety training. The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program and the City of Brockton have been active in motorist and pedestrian safety trainings as Brockton has recently seen an unprecedented number of motorist and pedestrian accidents. The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School outreach team has provided trainings at 10 of 11 schools and has plans to provide training at the final school in the Spring.

The Safe Routes to School pedestrian safety training works with adult volunteers to lead students on safety walks, allowing students to learn about safe pedestrian behaviors through active experience. Current programs provide training to second graders and a mentor training program that reaches fifth graders who are then able to mentor younger students. Training includes positive reinforcement for correct behaviors to ensure healthy habits are developed and applied every day through safety skills relating to parking lots, sidewalks, driveways, and crossing streets.

Pedestrian safety trainings, along with the Safe Routes to School offered bicycle safety trainings, not only provide students with a greater understanding of the importance of safe travel behaviors, but they also help to instill a greater sense of transportation-related options by encouraging students to walk or bike to school – a core component of the Safe Routes to School Program.

Massachusetts Safe Routes to School and Brockton schools have plans to further their safety trainings. The trainings will also seek to include Brockton crossing guards so that students can become familiar with their local crossing guards and understand the full impact of the work that they perform. Safe Routes to School is committed to continuing their pedestrian trainings to enhance student knowledge and awareness throughout their elementary and middle school experience.

Brockton is one of 12 identified communities to pilot a multiagency and multidisciplinary approach within the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Awareness and Enforcement Program, a portion of the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). The program launched last year by former MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey seeks to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicycle-related crashes in an effort to enhance safe travel. MassDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program has been active in Brockton, providing pedestrian safety trainings at the following schools: Brookfield, Downey, Arnone, Davis, Raymond, Baker, George, Angelo, Kennedy, Huntington, and Hancock.

For more information on the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program, visit www.mass.gov/massdot/saferoutes

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