A Quarry Hill Primary School parent’s petition for a marked crossing at Peel Street to be supervised sparked our curiosity.
How many crossing supervisors are employed in the City of Greater Bendigo, and where are they stationed?
The city responded to our inquiry, detailing the locations of the 43 crossing supervisors in the municipality.
We’ve mapped them alongside the schools in the City of Greater Bendigo.
The locations of the crossings are approximate, to the nearest intersecting street.
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Call for school crossings to encourage active transport
The City of Greater Bendigo should provide safe crossings if it is serious about getting children to be more active about travelling to school, a former councillor said.
Ex-Eppalock Ward representative Helen Leach was passionate about the need for appropriate conditions for children walking and cycling near the city’s schools, while families prepared for the start of the new school year.
“There are a lot of schools where children have to cross busy roads to get to school, but there are no crossings because they’re not adjacent to the school,” she said.
She said the whole point of council’s Integrated Transport and Land Use Strategy was to encourage more active modes of transport.
If council had insufficient money to employ more crossing supervisors to make it safe for children to walk or cycle to school, Mrs Leach said it ought to apply to the state government for further funding.
Her comments came following a Quarry Hill Primary School parent’s petition for a crossing outside the school, at Peel Street, to be supervised.
Council is expected to prepare a response to Tony Smith’s petition by February 15 – within two meetings of the document’s receipt.
“It only takes one car to severely injure or kill a child. Traffic volumes are simply not relevant,” Mr Smith wrote.
More than 200 people signed the petition, in print and online.
There are 43 school crossing supervisors in the City of Greater Bendigo.
Crossing supervision is the shared responsibility of local government and VicRoads.
More than 85 per cent of Bendigo Advertiser readers said they would not feel safe letting a primary school student use an unsupervised school crossing, in response to a poll on the publication’s website.