Photo By: Photos by Elliott Burr/Town Crier
Traffic safety instructor Patrick Feren, top, emphatically pretends a car is headed toward him. Many Covington students, bottom, turned out to watch his presentation.
Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders at Covington School brimmed with smiles and excitement last week as nationally known traffic safety instructor Patrick Feren demonstrated taking precautions in dangerous situations.
“Mr. Patrick,” as he is known to students, used volunteers and faux-Hollywood takes to engage his audience on topics that included “stop, look and listen”; proper translation of traffic signs; tips for walking through alleys or by driveways; and bicycle safety.
Feren’s presentation featured a minicity and the world’s smallest bicycle to emphasize bicycle and pedestrian safety.
The city of Los Altos funded the program, also scheduled at Gardner Bullis and Santa Rita schools.
“The city of Los Altos recognizes that some of their youngest citizens commute to and from school and throughout the community by foot and bicycle,” a media advisory about the event stated. “Proper skills and an understanding of driver behaviors are important to keep school-age children safe in traffic. Promoting safe bicycling and walking will also reduce the number of parents who drive their children to and from school, resulting in less congestion and cleaner air.”
The Los Altos Police Department and GreenTown Los Altos supported the program, conducted by the non-profit Safe Moves.