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.
Cross This Way
Cross This Way is a dynamic tool for educating elementary and middle school students about safe choices in New York City's traffic environment. Watch the video and learn about the curriculum
We're Walking Here
Every October, DOT celebrates International Walk to School Month by creating incentives for students and their families to walk more often. We're Walking Here is a competition that builds safety awareness for students from Kindergarten to high school and honors the achievements of schools that celebrate the importance of walking. Over 100 schools from all five boroughs participate each year. Students record their walking trips for two weeks in October and November and then submit their ideas for Public Service Announcements based on their experiences. See our past winners and find out how you can participate
Streetwise for Older Adults
DOT visits senior centers across the five boroughs to discuss Vision Zero’s engineering, enforcement, and education efforts and learn about traffic safety concerns. Read the latest issue of StreetWise (pdf)
Bike to School
Learn about DOT’s Bike to School Program, that encourages biking for middle and high school students. The current three-year program launched spring 2015.
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. Please be advised that due to the cold weather, our unit will no longer provide car seat inspections during the months of December, January, and February. Check 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. Think Safety Newsletter – Spring/Summer (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 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
DOT produced an innovative Curbside Haiku project using art and poetry to spread a traffic safety message.
Public awareness campaigns
DOT’s public awareness campaigns are vital components of agency initiatives. These campaigns educate New Yorkers on the most important transportation issues, influence attitudes, and shift behaviors. Learn about DOT’s public awareness campaigns