DOT conducts safety education and outreach programs for children, parents, educators and senior citizens and all New Yorkers. DOT's safety educators visit 600 schools and 100 senior centers a year. DOT's We're Walking Here encourage students to walk to school.
Bike to School
Our new application for Bike to School support is available and due on January 7, 2015. We are looking for schools that want to encourage biking for their Middle and High School students. Bike to School Application
Car safety seat fittings
DOT conducts free car seat safety fittings throughout New York City. At a fitting, a trained car seat technician will check your seat and demonstrate correct installation. If you can't make it to a scheduled fitting, call 311 to make an appointment for a free child car seat inspection at a DOT Fitting Station. Check DOT's calendar for upcoming fittings
Safety City is a traffic safety program for school children that uses a simulated New York City street to teach children about traffic safety through hands-on experience. Find locations and learn more
Safe Kids New York City
Safe Kids New York City, led by DOT Safety Education and Outreach, is a strong coalition with members from city agencies, hospitals and health care organizations, corporations and community groups that works to prevent the leading cause of death among children under age 14 – unintentional injury. Through programs, publications and trainings for children, families, caregivers and educators, Safe Kids NYC focuses on pedestrian, passenger and bicycle safety, fire safety, home safety and more in its efforts to reduce injuries and keep NYC children safe and unharmed. Safe Kids Newsletter - Fall 2014 (pdf)
Helmet fittings and giveaways
DOT bicycle helmet fittings and giveaways at events all over the City. DOT currently fits and distributes 25,000 free helmets a year, and has given away over 75,000 as of spring 2013. Check DOT's calendar for upcoming giveaways Get Bike Smart, DOT's guide to safe cycling in New York
Commercial bicyclist safety
DOT works with commercial cyclists and the businesses that employ them to comply with the laws that govern commercial bicycling. Learn more about commercial bicycling rules
Public awareness campaigns
DOT's public awareness campaigns educate New Yorkers on traffic safety issues throughout the city. DOT's campaigns include Reckless Driving Kills and programs during National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. The agency has also called attention to the issue of pedestrian and bicyclist safety with the LOOK campaign. DOT's innovative Curbside Haiku project uses art and poetry to spread a traffic safety message.