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Centre for Road Safety

Keeping our students safe

More than one million school students travel to and from school each day in NSW. We develop ideas and practical solutions to help keep them safe around schools, as they travel to school and home again.

Back to school safety tips for parents and carers explains the best ways to drop off and pick up children to reduce traffic dangers, while Keeping our kids safe around schools (PDF, 7.7Mb) fact sheets have information for schools to share with families and the wider school community.

The 40km/h speed limit in school zones and school zone flashing lights help protect children on their way to and from school at the times and places where they often in high numbers.

Our Road Safety Education Program supports road safety education delivered by classroom teachers and is part of the formal school curriculum.

The Safety Town website is an online resource available to more than 2600 primary schools to support the quality teaching of road safety in NSW.
The On the move website is designed for use by secondary school teachers and students as part of class teaching and learning programs.

Road safety issues around schools are managed by state and local government authorities. Although the roles and responsibilities of the authorities vary, school principals must approve any request before the agencies responsible are contacted.

$5million program improves safety around schools

The Centre for Road Safety and Transport for NSW completed a $5 million infrastructure program on local roads to improve pedestrian safety around schools across NSW.

Working together with local councils and schools, we identified safety improvements and selected sites across metropolitan and country areas using a school pedestrian risk model, to ensure treatments achieved the greatest road safety benefits.

A total of 140 projects were delivered before the end of the 2017/18 financial year, including new fencing, footpath improvements, raised crossings, kerb extensions, pedestrian refuges, new signs and splitter islands at roundabouts.

Additional flashing lights for schools with multiple entrances have also been provided via the school zone flashing lights program.

More information

Other school road safety initiatives include the: