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:

Enhanced School Zone Signage program

Council’s Enhanced School Zone Signage program aims to improve road safety around schools located on multi-lane roads.

Between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017, Council completed the construction of school zones on multi-lane roads at 37 of Brisbane’s schools. Some of these schools included: 

  • Craigslea State High School - Maundrell Terrace, Chermside West
  • East Brisbane State School - Wellington Road, Stanley Street and Vulture Street, East Brisbane
  • Mount Gravatt State School - Logan Road, Mount Gravatt
  • St Agnes School (Mount Gravatt) - Logan Road, Mount Gravatt
  • Stafford State School - Webster Road, Stafford
  • St James College - Boundary Street and Turbot Street, Spring Hill
  • Ashgrove State School - Waterworks Road and Glory Street, Ashgrove
  • Indooroopilly State School - Moggill Road, Indooroopilly
  • Newmarket State School - Enoggera Road, Newmarket
  • Richlands East State School - Poinsettia Street, Inala
  • Windsor State School - Lutwyche Road, Windsor
  • St Mary of the Cross - Roblane Street, Windsor.

To continue to improve road safety around schools located on multi-lane roads, the Enhanced School Zone Signage program received continued funding in the Lord Mayor's budget for the 2017-2018 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 are specifically designed to raise awareness of reduced speed limits in school zones at peak school times.

Schools wishing to obtain additional information about Council’s Enhanced School Zone Signage program can phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

09 August 2017