George Street Normal School principal Rod Galloway (left)
supervises his pupils as they cross George St after school
yesterday. The Dunedin City Council is looking at primary
and secondary schools in Dunedin to determine which schools
have a high road-safety risk. Mr Galloway says he has been
pleased with the way the council has addressed the school's
concerns about road safety. Photo by Tim Miller
The Dunedin City Council, along with the police and
representatives of Dunedin schools, are taking a proactive
approach to road safety outside schools.
The School Traffic Safety Group, led by the council, is
contacting primary and secondary schools in Dunedin and
determining which schools are most at risk.
Council safe and sustainable travel co-ordinator Charlotte
Flaherty said the group was now in the process of refining
its list of schools most at risk.
The group was looking at the size of the schools, how busy
roads were outside schools, how many crossings there were,
where school pupils left the school grounds and pedestrian
behaviour in the area, Mrs Flaherty said.
The list idea was used because the council was regularly
approached by schools about their road safety situations, and
it could become overwhelming trying to deal with all the
issues which came from those approaches, Mrs Flaherty said.
The council would approach those schools most at risk when
the list was completed, which would most likely be early next
year, she said.
East Taieri School principal Jennifer Horgan said what the
group was trying to achieve by being proactive about road
safety was fantastic.
As well as representing Dunedin primary schools in the school
traffic safety group, East Taieri School had benefited from
its relationship with the council, Mrs Horgan said.
East Taieri School travel plan co-ordinator Nic Brown said
the school's road safety had greatly improved because of its
relationship with the council.
"We wouldn't have looked at the way pupils were getting to
and from school if we hadn't been working with the council,"
Dunedin secondary schools partnership manager Gordon Wilson
said the schools applauded what the council was trying to do
with the School Traffic Safety Group.
Both the council and schools needed to work together to make
sure the road safety risk around schools was minimised, and
the group allowed that, Mr Wilson said.
George Street Normal School deputy principal Anne Robertson
said the council had been proactive in addressing the
school's concerns about the safety of pupils using the road.
Since the start of the year council workers had been meeting
representatives of the school to work out any road-safety
problems, Mrs Robertson said.