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Keeping Students Safe As They Travel To/From Schol

Once schools are in session, area sidewalks and roads will experience an increase in traffic.

Here are some tips for helping ensure the safety of all travelers! 
  • Plan ahead and allow for additional travel time, especially if traveling near BISD schools 20 minutes before schools begin or 20 minutes after schools are dismissed
  • When a school bus stop paddle is activated, motorists and cyclists in both directions must stop. The fine for failure to stop is $422
  • Between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., the speed limit in school zones is 20 miles per hour. Speeders will face a hefty ticket for going over the speed limit 
  • Bicyclists must follow the rules of the road. In addition, the City of Bainbridge Island requires that individuals riding a bicycle must wear a helmet and that the helmet must be fully fastened securely when the bicycle is in motion 
  • Washington’s pedestrian law states:
    - Pedestrians must obey traffic signals and signs
    - Pedestrians must use sidewalks when they are available. If sidewalks aren’t available, pedestrians must walk on the left side of the roadway facing the traffic
    - Vehicles must stop at intersections to allow pedestrians to cross within a marked or unmarked crosswalk
    - A pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or with an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection must yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway