Smooth sailing for commuting school students

Published on 30 January 2019

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Primary school students in Footscray and Kingsville will benefit from safer routes to and from school thanks to Bicycle Network’s Ride2School Active Paths program.

Supported by Council, and complimented by $210,000 in grant funding from VicRoads, the program will encourage students to walk and ride to school while learning more about road safety.

Tailor made routes to school, will guide students from a communal starting point to the school gate using brightly coloured stamps applied to footpaths, known as ‘way points’. At every decision point along the route, markers direct students using supervised crossings and recommended paths. ‘Stop point’ markers are located on every road crossing to remind students to ‘Stop, Look, Listen, Think,’ before crossing sensibly.

The program aims to reduce serious casualties on local streets in metropolitan Melbourne and assist in creating a healthy and liveable environment and will be supported through the introduction of signage, line marking, speed humps and other infrastructure, as required.

The Active Paths program in Footscray and Kingsville will be completed to coincide with the start of Term 2 of the 2020 school year.

A few words from the Mayor, Cr Martin Zakharov:

“The Active Paths program is a great way to encourage some of our youngest residents to ride or walk to school. Not only will they learn more about road safety, but they will also benefit from being active.”

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