The Safe Routes Ambassadors are Chicago’s pedestrian and bicycle safety outreach team. The Ambassadors meet with thousands of Chicago children each year and discuss both safe traffic behavior and the benefits of active transportation.
A free city service, the Safe Routes Ambassadors are available to visit any elementary school in Chicago. Services offered by the Safe Routes Ambassadors:
The Safe Routes Ambassadors teach pedestrian safety to second graders and bicycle safety to fifth graders using an interactive, skills-based method. Lessons are based on Illinois State Learning Objectives and encourage students to realize the many benefits of active transportation.
After hosting an in-class safety presentation, a school may schedule an on-foot workshop with the Ambassadors. During this outdoor workshop, second graders practice their street-crossing skills, building on concepts learned in the first lesson. Fifth-grade workshops involve outdoor observation of traffic followed by a discussion of traffic safety.
Workshops for School Organizers
There are a number of ways your school community can organize Safe Routes programs. The Safe Routes Ambassadors would be happy to meet with your school’s PTA, LSC or community group to discuss the Safe Routes possibilities.
To request the Safe Routes Ambassadors to speak to students about traffic safety print the appropriate .pdf request form below and fax it to the program manager at 312.742.2422 or mail to:
City of Chicago's Safe Routes Ambassadors
30 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602