Safer cycling routes for school students

Published on 19 March 2021


Students at Kingsville Primary School have celebrated national Ride2School Day today with safer cycling routes to and from school thanks to Bicycle Network’s Ride2School Active Paths program.  

Delivered by Council and supported by $100,000 in grant funding from the Department of Transport, the program encourages children to get outdoors and walk or ride to school.    

By using infrastructure such as path decals and signage to safely lead students from communal starting points outside of school, all the way to the school gates, Active Paths help create safer road environments for our youngest road users.  

Brightly coloured path decals are used as ‘way points’ along the recommended travel paths to help educate children about road safety and direct them to the school gates safely. ‘Stop point’ markers are located on every road crossing to remind students to ‘Stop, Look, Listen, Think,’ before crossing sensibly.  

New maps outlining safe routes to Kingsville Primary School have also been installed at the school, providing children, parents and carers with up to date information about safe routes they can take to get to school.  

The Active Paths 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 at Kingsville Primary School has been completed to coincide with the start of Term 2, 2021. Council has also received supplementary funding from the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) to install a raised threshold treatment at the intersection of Bishop Street and Somerville Road. This treatment is a textured road surface treatment that contrasts with the adjacent roadway which highlights the path of pedestrian movement and slows vehicle traffic at the intersection. These works will also be completed to coincide with the start of Term 2, 2021 school year.  

This project is supported by our recently endorsed in line with Council’s Road Safety Strategy 2021 – 2030, a document that outlines our approach and commitment to continuing to improve road safety for all road users across the municipality.  

For more information about the Road Safety Strategy 2021 – 2030, visit the website.  

Message from the Mayor, Cr Michael Clarke

Active Paths are a great way to encourage our youngest residents to get outdoors and walk or ride to school. This grant has helped provide students with access to safe and sustainable infrastructure to support these activities while learning more about positive road safety behaviours.  

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