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MCDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program Making a Difference Throughout the County

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 5, 2020

It’s been a busy winter for Montgomery County Department of Transportation's (MCDOT) Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program as it reaches out to educate kids across the County about pedestrian and bicycle safety. 

Coming up in March and early April are a number of events that aim to teach kids the skills they need to be safe walkers and cyclists. Staff will interact with students and distribute safety tips and reflective gear at the following events:

  • March 5: French International School
  • March 18: Harmony Hills Elementary School during Family Fitness Night

MCDOT continues to hold Bike Rodeos, which are clinics that provide on-bike education and teach bike safety, rules of the road and how to perform hand signals. At these events, MCDOT also distributes helmets, educational materials and reflective gear. The upcoming bike rodeo schedule includes: 

  • March 6: Whetstone Elementary School
  • March 16: Burnts Mills Elementary School
  • March 20: JoAnn Leleck Elementary School
  • March 23-27: Roscoe Nix Elementary School 
  • March 30-April 3: Sequoyah Elementary School 
  • April 4: Takoma Park 7th Annual Fitness Expo

In addition, MCDOT is sharing its successes with other educators. On March 15, MCDOT will participate in the 21st National Bike Summit to discuss school safety and the use of traffic gardens (a miniature traffic safety course where children can learn about the rules of the road, signs and signals), followed by an interactive demonstration. On February 21, SRTS staff attended the Science Technology Engineering Art and Math (STEAM) conference in Germantown to promote safety to students.

Be sure to save the date for SAFETY DAY on May 2!  Featuring FREE fun for the whole family with food, games, vendors, giveaways, bike raffles, safety education and more!  Kids are encouraged to bring their bike and take part in the traffic safety and bike rodeo activities. Event starts at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. Learn more. For the latest updates visit


Release ID: 20-049
Media Contact: Hannah Henn 240-777-8389

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