• Activity

How long does it take to cross a road?

Learning areas:
  • Maths
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Watch videos of pedestrians crossing different types of roads. Using a stopwatch, time how long it takes each person to cross the road. Alternatively, students could observe pedestrians on a group walk.

Mark out different widths of ‘roads’ in the school grounds to practise crossings. Have students time how long it takes them to walk across each of the ‘roads’. Compare the results with the time it took the pedestrians in the video.

Discuss why it is important to think about time when crossing a road. Ask students to think about what factors might affect the amount of time they need to cross a road safely.

Discussion questions

  • What did you observe about the time it took to cross different types of roads?
  • What might affect the amount of time we need to cross a road safely? E.g.:
    • how fast different people walk (small children, older people, someone in a wheelchair or using a walking stick or frame may walk more slowly).
    • people may walk more slowly if they are carrying something heavy.

Information for teachers

When crossing a road, it is important to think about:

  • The width of the road.
  • The time it will take to cross the road.
  • The speed of approaching vehicles.
  • Whether you can stage your crossing using a median or pedestrian refuge.

Road widths

The average road lane width is 3.5 metres so an average suburban street will be 7 metres wide and a road with 4 lanes will be 14 metres wide.

Victorian curriculum

Health and PE

Level 3 & 4

Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP091)


Level 3

Tell time to the minute and investigate the relationship between units of time (VCMMG141)

Level 4

Convert between units of time (VCMMG167)

Use am and pm notation and solve simple time problems (VCMMG168)