Safe crossing points at schools are important
Source: Pamela Miller Photographer
Schools are located in most neighbourhoods in Australia and with appropriate design, siting and access they can support active lifestyles for children. School buildings and grounds can also provide facilities for the broader community, where suitable.
When identifying new sites or designing new schools, consideration should be given to the school being:
- centrally located for the school catchment
- on accessible and through streets but not heavily trafficked to minimise traffic congestion around the school
- co-located with other community facilities (libraries and performing arts) to develop a focal point for the community
- co-located with and sharing with public playfields,
- appropriate design of surrounding roads, and pedestrian and cycle networks to provide safe access routes to the school
- links to public transport where suitable, especially for secondary schools
- bike storage facilities on site
- adequate vehicular access and drop off and parking arrangements
- adjoining land uses and resultant traffic generation that will be compatible with safety considerations for school aged children
- access to the school facilities by the broader community to ensure active use after hours
- overlooking and surveillance opportunities from adjoining uses, and
- space for suitable playing fields and sports facilities within the school grounds.
When upgrading an established school site, many of the above considerations also apply.
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Australian Research Alliance
for Children and Health
NSW Department of Education Healthy Kids web site
Shared use of school facilities
Travel Smart Australia Walking School Bus
WA Liveable Neighbourhoods
Brisbane Council School Travel Programs
Related Design Principles
Environments for All People
Safety and Surveillance