Getting to school safely
You can help everyone get to school safely by:
- following road safety signs in school zones if you drive
- encouraging your child to walk, ride or scoot to school instead.
Walking, riding or scooting to school
To find a safe route to school, check out the Active Paths initiative or download a map of bicycle paths in the City of Maribyrnong.
Want to run a bike riding activity at your school? You can hire our community bike trailer.
Benefits of walking, riding or scooting
- Your child will be more alert and ready to start class work when they arrive.
- Your child will get to know neighbouring children, parents and their houses, which can become unofficial ‘safety houses’, if ever needed.
- Your child will develop road safety skills, making them more confident and independent.
- You will help reduce traffic around the school, creating a safer road environment. And with more pedestrians around, drivers will slow down.
- In many cases, walking, riding or scooting is much quicker than organising a car trip and trying to find a park near the school.
Parking safely outside schools
If you drive your child to school, please follow road safety signs to help protect our children.
- Never double-park as this blocks drivers’ and pedestrians’ sightlines causing congestion and endangering our children.
- Be patient. Stress and frustration cause accidents.
- ‘I’ll only be a few seconds’ is not an excuse. There is no acceptable timeframe for dangerous parking.
- Try parking away from the front gate and walk a little way to drop off or collect your child.
- Teach your children to get in and out of the car on the kerb side only.
- Never call your children across the road.
- Teach children to safely use the school crossing, or ask them to wait so you can cross together
- Expect the unexpected. Children are spontaneous and don’t always know the dangers around them.
How we help you get to school safely
We work with local school communities and Victoria Police to improve road safety and create a safer environment around schools. We do this by:
- identifying road safety issues through contact with school principals and parents
- conducting on-site inspections to observe the road safety behaviour of parents and children
- introducing traffic safety education to schools and parents
- undertaking and completing low cost engineering solutions, such as school crossings, line markings and safety fencing
- enforcing traffic laws during drop-off and pick-up times.