Safe roads around schools
Brisbane City Council, in conjunction with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, supports a number of initiatives to provide infrastructure to protect our children and school communities and encourage safety on the roads around our schools.
Safe School Travel program
The Safe School Travel program (SafeST) provides transport-related infrastructure to improve the safety of students travelling to and from school, and is funded on a 50/50 basis with the State Government (Department of Transport and Main Roads).
Funding is available for pedestrian and bicycle facilities (intersection improvements, refuge crossings, children’s crossings), and for bus and car facilities (bus zones and two-minute passenger loading zones).
How to apply for SafeST funding
School communities should contact their relevant State Government Road Safety Advisor to determine if a submission to the SafeST Subsidy Scheme is appropriate.
School Crossing Supervisor Scheme
The Department of Transport and Main Roads School Crossing Supervisor Scheme aims to help children cross roads safely on their way to and from school.
Applications for a supervised crossing should be made by the school principal to the Department of Transport and Main Roads via:
- the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80
- your local Road Safety Advisor.
Enhanced School Zone Signage program
Council’s Enhanced School Zone Signage program installs infrastructure aimed at improving road safety around schools.
Changes to State Government guidelines now allow for school zones on multi-lane roads. In light of these changes, Council developed a program and allocated funding in the 2015-16 budget that implemented new school zones on multi-lane roads at 25 schools. This program has received continuing funding in the Lord Mayor's budget, and 12 schools are included in the 2016-2017 financial year.
School zones on multi-lane roads consist of two treatments:
- enhanced or flashing school zone signage
- pavement thresholds (red painted boxes with 'SCHOOL ZONE' in white text).
The treatments aim to improve safety for children travelling to and from school and help raise awareness of reduced speed limits in school zones at peak school times.
In the 2016-17 financial year, the following schools have received new school zones with enhanced school zone signage:
Schools that are not on the above list will be assessed by Council and considered for funding in future years. Schools wishing to check if their school is on the future list for assessment for the program can contact Council on 07 3403 8888.