Setting Up a Safety Course
Step #1: Put your plan into action:
- Create a countdown calendar for presenting the safety course
Step #2: 3 months before/ahead of your Racing for Safety course, do the following:
- Decide who you will teach. You can work with children at a school, church group, neighborhood, or scout group versus an entire community.
- Identify your goals for the course. A list of possible goals is noted below:
- Reduce injuries and deaths to children in your community
- Provide safety education to children
- Offer information, tools, and resources for children with disabilities and adapted bikes
- Involve youth leadership
- Obtain and distribute donated helmets to children in need of helmets
- Gather information on where children ride bikes, scooters, skateboards, in-line skate, and walk. How often are children hurt or killed?
- Invite local community groups to help on your planning team. They can assist in developing and promoting the program, providing refreshments, and recruiting volunteers. A sample letter of invitation can be printed.
- Choose a location, date, and times. A parking lot, gymnasium, or playground area that is hard-surfaced and traffic-free works best. Make certain you have necessary permission to use the site.
- Recruit volunteers and assign tasks.
- Visit www.racingforsafety.org to download, enlarge, and laminate traffic safety signs and mount onto sturdy structures that you can stand up at different points in your safety course. Or you may borrow our bike resources and signs available free of charge to organizations within the state of Indiana. Contact us at 1-888-365-2022 or at safestor.iu.edu.
- Review Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Fact Sheets.
- Contact potential sponsors to support the event with resources like refreshments, prizes, extra bicycles for use during the event, or publicity.
- Contact local emergency medical services to be present at the event for support or involve someone with first aid/CPR certification.
Step #3: 2 months before/ahead of your Racing for Safety course, do the following:
- Publish information about the bike and pedestrian safety course in your community through local newspapers, newsletters, meetings, schools, churches, etc.
- Begin preparing press and media information.
- Display posters about the bike and pedestrian safety course in your community.
- Invite a local pediatrician to serve as a spokesperson for the event. Contact Riley Community Education and Child Advocacy for more information on identifying local pediatricians who could help.
Step #4: 1 month before/ahead of your Racing for Safety course, do the following:
- Confirm location and finalize details for course.
- Contact radio, television, and newspapers for public service announcement support or coverage of course.
- Complete and distribute press packet to media.
- Secure all necessary supplies for the safety course.
- Meet with volunteers to review their responsibilities for staffing the bike and pedestrian safety course.