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Pedestrian Safety Instructor’s Guide


Immigrants, particularly those of Hispanic/Latino descent, are disproportionately affected by pedestrian and bicycle crashes in the United States. The Pedestrian Safety Student Handbook and Instructor’s Guide were produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the ASPIRA Association, and the Center for Applied Linguistics to provide guidance for immigrant students learning about the importance of pedestrian safety and to assist their instructors with effectively presenting content that may be unfamiliar. This curriculum module teaches key pedestrian and bicycle safety concepts through the story of a pedestrian-motor vehicle crash and its consequences on the lives of two families.

Key Points

The curriculum provided in this module is intended to enhance the safety of immigrant pedestrians. The module features 13 activities that should be completed over the course of the eight-hour training session. These 13 activities focus on key concepts of pedestrian safety ranging from visibility to transportation habits and traffic signs and signals.

Once this course is complete, students should be able to:

  • Describe pedestrian risks and safety practices for children and adults
  • Identify errors that contribute to pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes
  • Describe important aspects of visibility
  • Recognize the meanings and importance of pedestrian signs and signals
  • Create a list of pedestrian safety rules for children and families

The Instructor’s Guide provides supplemental materials and instructions to facilitate an effective and enjoyable learning experience that will greatly benefit the students completing this safety course.

How to Use

The Pedestrian Safety Student Handbook and Instructor’s Guide can be used by many community organizations that are working to improve the safety of immigrant residents in the area. The Instructor’s Guide offers detailed, step-by-step directions that will help to convey the importance of pedestrian and bicycle safety.

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