The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine WalkSafe program was launched in 2001 to improve pedestrian safety, increase physical activity levels by encouraging children to walk to and from school, and improve the walkability in and around elementary schools. With encouragement from Bike/Walk Central Florida and Best FootForward, Orange County Public Schools has approved the WalkSafe program for all K-2 students. It is a goal of Best Foot Forward to make the WalkSafe program mandatory for all student K – 5 in Orange County.
WalkSafe provides online training and educational curriculum to prepare elementary and K-8 teachers to implement the curriculum. These training tools allow WalkSafe’s important pedestrian safety lessons to spread into the community.
A piece of the curriculum includes a statewide poster contest for K-5 students, challenging children to display their knowledge of pedestrian safety through artwork (See some winners below). For more information about WalkSafe, visit the organization’s website.