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This year the City of Durango's Multimodal Division is launching an educational campaign with tips on how to safely share the road -- for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and motorists. 

Monthly tips are featured in the Momentum e-newsletter.

February's Share the Road Tip: Safety Starts at the Bus Stop. 

School BusStudents are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a bus instead of traveling by car. The greatest risk to your child is not actually riding a bus, but approaching or leaving one -- especially at a bus stop.

FOR PARENTS

Safety Starts at the Bus Stop. Your child should arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Visit the bus stop and show your child where to wait for the bus: at least three giant steps (six feet) away from the curb. Remind your child that the bus stop is not a place to run or play.

Get On and Off Safely. 
When the school bus arrives, your child should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, the door opens, and the driver says it’s okay before approaching the bus door. Your child should use the handrails to avoid falling.

Use Caution Around the Bus. 
Your child should never walk behind a school bus. If your child must cross the street in front of the bus, tell him/her to walk on a sidewalk or along the side of the street to a place at least five giant steps (10 feet) in front of the bus before crossing. Your child should also make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing to make sure the driver can see him/her. If your child drops something near the school bus, like a ball or book, the safest thing is for your child to tell the bus driver right away. Your child should not try to pick up the item, because the driver might not be able to see him/her.

FOR DRIVERS

Drivers, please be extra cautious when you see a school bus on the road, especially when the warning lights are flashing. When you see the yellow flashing lights, anticipate the bus stopping soon and approach with caution. Remember, if the red lights are flashing, traffic in all directions must stop.

In Colorado, a driver must stop at least 20 feet before reaching the bus and not proceed until the red lights are no longer being used. Penalties for passing a school bus are hefty in Colorado! The fine for this dangerous behavior is up to $300, includes a mandatory court appearance and six points on your license. 

Make school bus transportation safer for everyone by following these practices:

  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.
  • When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.
  • Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood. When entering a school zone, obey the speed limit.
  • Please watch for children who are waiting for school buses in the morning! From experience, we know that children can sometimes dart across the road following a ball or playing with others, oblivious to traffic. Children sometimes dart into the road at a bus stop and get excited easily. Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
  • Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • Learn and obey the school bus laws in your State, as well as the "flashing signal light system" that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:
    1. Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
    2. Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.
  • School Bus Driver In-Service Safety SeriesThis refresher training provides nine lesson modules on driving a school bus, which is frequently requested by school bus drivers and pupil transportation supervisors.

Let's all do our part to protect Durango's children! Read the February Momentum e-newsletter.


Read more from our Share the Road Education Campaign! 

January's Share the Road Tip: Respect the Sharrow. A sharrow is a shared-lane marking indicating where a bicyclist has the right to ride. They can be seen along many Durango streets. Read more.

If you have a road story you'd like to share, please email .