Madrona elementary students put pedestrian safety skills into practice

Madrona students and volunteers make their way through the neighborhood.

Madrona K-8 Elementary School students completed their pedestrian safety unit with a walk through the Madrona neighborhood on Tuesday morning.

In coordination with the City of Edmonds, students were given pedestrian safety information in their physical education  classes. The unit culminated with the students taking a walk through the neighborhood around the school, putting their new skills into use and receiving additional street safety information from volunteers. 

City of Edmonds Transportation Engineer Betrand Hauss speaks to the students about parking lot safety.

 “Our kids are community members, who will ride their bikes in our community, cross streets, busy intersections and side streets and we don’t have a lot of sidewalks in Edmonds, so it’s important for them to know how to get by in neighborhoods and in streets without sidewalks,” said Madrona teacher Jennifer Tait.

Teachers and volunteers led students through various areas of the Madrona neighborhood. Along the way, they practiced parking lot safety, navigating crosswalks, and managing steep, low-visibility hills and streets without sidewalks. 

Volunteer Robin Sloate explains to students how to navigate low-visibility hills.

Madrona PE teacher Julian Barnes went over pedestrian safety scenarios with students  before the walk. He emphasized that the combination of in-classroom activities and the out-of-classroom experience allows the students to utilize the skills they’ve been taught in real situations. 

“When they walk, they need to know how to deal with traffic,” said volunteer Jeff Mccloughan, who praised the program’s push to get the students active while at the same time increasing their street awareness. 

— Story and photos by Logan Bury

  1. Great article! Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
    Very practical skill and fantastic to see students receiving this.

  2. An important, helpful program that should be presented at all Edmonds elementary schools. At the same time, parents & guardians need a DRIVE SMART refresher course … using turn signals 100 ft and signal every turn.. everywhere! Wipers on … lights on. Headlights ON for low-vision peeps to judge distance and speed. Speed limit is MAXIMUM speed … not minimun. And, most important, drivers need told that their vehicle is a WEAPON.
    Mr. Bertrand Hauss is an excellent Edmonds traffic engineer and smartly solves problems. Develop questions for students to take home and quiz their parents.

  3. And, they did it in the rain!! Great topic, great outdoor activity, much needed education.

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