Pedestrian Safety Education Resources
The heart of the SGF Yields program is public education. The campaign’s main focus is to encourage motorists to yield to pedestrians while also urging pedestrians to do their part to travel responsibly. The program reaches the public through special events as well as various print and digital education pieces. We work with employers to share our traffic safety flyers with the workforce (see below). SGF Yields works with schools to bring traffic safety education into the classrooms.
Life-size “Mr. Walker” statues have been installed at various crosswalk locations throughout Springfield. The presence of these brightly-colored statues is intended to reinforce existing crosswalk signage and serve as a visible reminder to thousands of drivers and pedestrians that pass by each day.
School Education Opportunities & Resources
The City partnered with Springfield Public Schools to develop a variety of education opportunities. For more information contact Mandy Buettgen-Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pedestrian Safety Focus Schools
Open to Springfield elementary schools
SGF Yield will partner annually with 5 schools whose principal want to bring pedestrian safety lessons into their classrooms. The Mr. Walker statues would be installed for the school year, but Mr. Walker hopes that the safety education continues!
During the program, a SGF Yields guest speaker gives 20-30 minute presentations tailored to grades 1-3. Presentations will encourage students to be observant and to take charge of their own safety in traffic. Topics cover crosswalk safety, pedestrian signals, crossing guards and more. All participating students will receive a "safety superhero" cape!
SGF Yields will supply teacher with optional work sheets for all grades that weave pedestrian safety into English, math, art and science. The program manager will also work with the principal to help address any traffic safety concerns near the school.
Free Pedestrian and Bike Safety Resources for Parents and Teachers
The best way to teach kids to be safe in traffic, is by modeling it as an adult. Every time you leave the house on foot or bike, you have a great opportunity to teach your child.
Here you can download our work sheets and coloring sheets designed for children from kindergarten to 5th grade.
The education branch of SGF Yields is focused on making the community aware of the growing trend in pedestrian-involved crashes and what can be done by organizations and individuals to make an impact. Print pieces, infographics and videos are available for download and distribution.