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Rumson School Bike Day Road Safety Tips

RUMSON, NJ — Rumson School District’s annual School Bike Day is Wednesday, Oct. 12, and the police department wants students to have fun and drivers to be extra careful.

School Bike Day is part of a nationwide “Bike, Walk or Roll” idea that began 26 years ago.

The day is expected to reduce car traffic in school zones and provide children with a safe and fun way to get to and from school, police say.

So motorists should keep a few tips in mind for those driving in and around the area on Wednesday, police advise:

  • Overtake cyclists on the road with caution; leave at least 3 feet of clearance.
  • Look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling out of a parking space.
  • Yield to cyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals.
  • Look for cyclists before making turns, left or right.
  • Respect designated bike lanes; do not use them for parking, overtaking or turning.
  • Never drive distracted or impaired. Always buckle up.

October 12 is the 26th annual National Walk and Roll to School Day, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to Schoolwhich organizes the day at the national level.

The organization is “committed to empowering communities to make active commuting to school a safe, engaging and preferred choice for families,” its website says.

The site offers many tips for communities to become safe places to walk, cycle and ride for everyone, starting with children and the journey to school.

From responding to the need to make trips to school safer for active travel to encouraging children to be more active, the days are meant to inspire “lasting change”, its site says. .