Be alert around buses so everyone can arrive safely. Here are some safety tips:
- Never run after or alongside a moving bus once it has left its stop. Play it safe and wait for the next one.
- If you bike-n-ride, always approach the bike rack from the curb.
- Never assume a bus driver sees you. Lampposts, newsstands, and double-parked vehicles can obscure the driver’s view. Also, it is good to make yourself visible to an approaching bus, especially during dark mornings or evenings. Signal your presence by wearing reflective clothing or carrying a small blinker light or flashlight.
- Do not cross the street in front of a bus unless it is stopped at a traffic light. Use caution and look both ways when walking past the front of the bus to cross a lane of traffic.
- Do not cross the street between parked cars. When you walk between parked cars into traffic, you might not be visible to drivers.
- Wait for your bus on the sidewalk away from the curb and make sure it stops before approaching it.
- Do not let children play near buses, as pushing and shoving can cause accidents. Please hold your child’s hand when a bus approaches.
- Wait in well-lighted areas and near other customers. At a bus stop without a shelter, wait under a street light or near a business with a lighted window.
- Report suspicious activity. Tell your bus driver right away. The driver can alert authorities by radio.
- Be aware of those around you.
- Notify the bus driver if someone harasses you, or if you see someone being harassed.
- Teach your child good bus riding habits by using them yourself. A well-prepared child is a safe child!
- Point out unsafe behavior. Children often don’t recognize unsafe situations. Make a game of having your child identify smart riding behavior.
- Hold your child’s hand when getting on and off a bus.
SafePlace: ECAT has partnered together to bring supportive resources and immediate help to youth in distress. Through Project Safe Place, our buses have become a “rolling” safe place where kids can turn to if they need help.
All of our buses feature the highly recognizable Safe Place logo and our bus drivers are trained to provide immediate assistance to children 17 and under.
What to do in an emergency
If you have an emergency, immediately call 911. Emergency 911 calls from pay phones and cellular phones are free.