Teaching students how to safely cross the new West Rail Line has gone digital.
As part of Lakewood’s Safe Routes to School program, the City has created a five-minute safety video with FasTracks Freddy to show students who attend schools near the line how to look, listen and cross the tracks when they are walking or riding a bicycle to and from school.
The City will deliver the video on Friday to Eiber Elementary School, St. Bernadette's School, Molholm Elementary School and Jeffco Open School, and a version in Spanish also will be provided. It’s available for viewing at any time on the City’s website at www.Lakewood.org/SafetyVideos.
The video is a follow-up to hands-on training provided during “safety roadshows” at each school during the fall. The roadshows included the Regional Transportation District’s mock rail crossing on a flat-bed truck that allowed the students to experience the lights, bells and gates of a light rail crossing. West Metro Fire Rescue also showed students the proper fit and way to wear a bicycle helmet during the roadshows, and Operation Lifesaver taught the importance of staying away from rail tracks while Bicycle Colorado demonstrated bicycle safety tips.
Safety around the light rail has been a top priority for Lakewood, and the City applied for and received a federal grant through the Colorado Department of Transportation to create the Safe Routes to School program. The $43,648 grant has funded the program, and the agencies involved with the roadshows donated nearly $12,000 in staff time to teach the students.
Posted on: Thursday, April 11, 2013