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Council urges safe school travel as students return

23 January, 2017

Council has today warned drivers to be mindful of safety around schools as it launches the 2017 safer school zones campaign.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today released a list of 17 schools Council would be targeting for dangerous and illegal parking during Term 1 and announced a raft of safety measures to be rolled out this year.

“Council is committed to road safety – not just for drivers, but for pedestrians, students, teachers, parents and the entire school community,” Cr Quirk said.

“With Brisbane students returning to school this week, it is a timely reminder for parents to familiarise themselves with parking restrictions that apply during pick up and set down time and to be mindful of safety.

“We want our children to be safe when they are travelling to school, which is why Council will be out at schools across the city, making our school zones safer with upgraded school zones, more enforcement, safety upgrades and active travel plans.

“We will also be undertaking targeted enforcement at 17 schools across Brisbane, where we have received a high number of complaints about dangerous and illegal parking putting the safety of students at risk.

“These enforcement activities will be supported with highly visible enforcement vehicles and uniformed suburban safety and parking control officers.”

Chairman for Infrastructure, Cr Amanda Cooper said Council was working with schools to develop tailored Traffic Management Plans to tackle parking concerns, enhance safety and reduce traffic congestion.

“Each school has its own safety challenges – this is about ensuring students are safe when arriving and leaving school,” Cr Cooper said.

Cr Cooper said active travel could help improve children’s road safety skills, make school streets safer and less congested and boost exercise and attention levels in the classroom.

“Council’s Active School Travel program has enjoyed continued success since its inception in 2004, with 155 schools and more than 92,000 students participating, including 17 new schools in 2017,” she said.

“This financial year, 12 schools on busy roads will also benefit from upgraded, high visibility school zones, to make motorists more aware when driving around schools.

“As part of the program, speed signs with flashing red and yellow lights and painted ‘SCHOOL ZONE’ thresholds are installed to alert motorists of the reduced speed limit that applies during peak school times.”

For more information about parking or school travel initiatives in Brisbane, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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