The City’s Safe Routes to School Program participated in Earth Day activities in Central Park on April 30 where children, their parents and other guests visited the safety booth to receive traffic safety information, and try their hand – or rather, their feet – at the Blender Bike, making delicious fruit smoothies using only Pedal Power. Ms. Traffic Light costumed character was on hand to remind children about being careful when walking and crossing the street while adults completed the Pedestrian Safety Survey.

Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School played host to the City’s Safe Routes to School Program on May 3 as it conducted a pedestrian and bike rodeo for the students after school. Students grades K-5 participated by going through the rodeo (Safety City) set up on their playground, which included simulated streets, sidewalks, buildings, cars, stores, traffic lights, stop signs and crosswalks. Safety traffic instructors educated the students on traffic safety hazards, bike, pedestrian and helmet safety and then rode or walked through the course to demonstrate first-hand how to walk and bike safely.