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Bike-n-Walk Safely Alaska! 


This program works to increase the safety of children by using reflective, high-visibility products.

Each year, vehicles kill an estimated 5,700 pedestrians; one out of seven of those are children. In Alaska, darkness descends early in fall and winter months. A child walking during darkness or in low light conditions wearing dark colors is first seen approximately 55 ft. away. This gives a driver less than one-second of reaction time.

About the Program

In 2002, the section adopted the original reflector activity from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium - Injury Prevention Program.
The Bike-n-Walk Safely Alaska program still disseminates retro-reflective materials, but has grown to include safety training in many other situations that require a safe balance between pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. School demonstrations on safety are provided, as well as technical assistance to communities that want to improve safe conditions for their residents who walk and ride bicycles.

Why wearing white is not enough. A car needs 260ft to stop-only reflectors are seen at 500ft. White=180ft, Blue=55ft, Red=80ft. 

2017 Distracted Walking Poster:
Download print quality pdf (1mb)> (here or in list on the left).



Distracted Walking

Reflector Safety

  • Elementary School
  • Teen & Parent

Fact Sheet



To request materials or for more information, please contact:

  • Dawn Groth​
  • Phone: (907) 334-5966
    Alaska Department of Health
    and Social Services