Safety Education

NYC DOT conducts safety education and outreach programs for children, parents, educators and senior citizens and all New Yorkers. NYC DOT's safety educators visit 600 schools and 100 senior centers a year.

Remote Education Programs

NYC DOT’s Office of Safety Education and Outreach will now offer our core K-12 presentations in remote learning formats to deliver to students, their parents, and their schools. Our staff of experienced educators will customize the approach to each school and schedule remote classes to ensure that children stay safe in the traffic environment. Vision Zero Remote Education Programs 2020-2021 Catalog (pdf)

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) Read the latest issue of StreetWise Español (pdf) Read the latest issue of StreetWise 關於我們 (pdf)

Car Seat Fittings

Nine out of ten car seats are installed incorrectly. NYC DOT’s Office of Safety Education and Outreach conducts free car seat inspections throughout the city. At each fitting, a trained car seat technician will check your car seat and ensure it’s installed correctly.

While in-person car seat inspections are currently suspended due to COVID-19, the Office of Safety Education and Outreach offers virtual car seat checks with our trained car seat technicians. Please call (212) 839-4750 for more information.

More information about car seats:

Safe Kids USA Governor's Traffic Safety Committee National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Child Passenger Safety National Safe Kids Campaign

Safety City

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 NYC 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. Read the latest issue of Think Safety! (pdf) Read the latest issue of Think Safety! Español (pdf) Read the latest issue of Think Safety! 關於我們 (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

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