• Activity
  • Walking

Profiling the perfect responsible pedestrian

Learning areas:
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6

Brainstorm what is meant by ‘acting responsibly’ when walking.

Remind the class that pedestrians are one of many different types of road users. Sometimes the actions of pedestrians affect the safety of other road users.

Invite the class to look at pedestrian behaviour from others’ perspectives – it’s not always the driver’s fault!

Ask students to consider situations such as:

  • Transition from one travel mode to another e.g. walking to using public transport, including getting on and off.
  • Waiting in a safe, appropriate place.
  • Following the specific rules/laws that apply.

As a class, profile the ‘perfect/responsible pedestrian.’

Have students write safe pedestrian tips for the school newsletter.

Discussion questions

What is responsible pedestrian behaviour from:

  • A driver’s view?
  • A cyclist’s view?
  • A train driver’s view?
  • A tram driver’s view?
  • A bus driver’s view?
  • A police view?
  • A parent/carer’s view?

Information for teachers

It is important to follow the safe road crossing procedure – STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, THINK.

STOP one step back from the kerb or shoulder of the road if there is no footpath.

LOOK in all directions for approaching traffic.

LISTEN in all directions for approaching traffic.

THINK about whether it is safe to cross the road – when the road is clear or all traffic has stopped.

When crossing, walk straight across the road. Keep LOOKING and LISTENING for traffic while crossing.

This information is particularly relevant to young people learning to cross roads. But it also provides a useful reminder to everyone particularly to those who may be distracted when crossing the road.

More information on pedestrian safety can be found on the VicRoads website: www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

Victorian curriculum

Health and PE

Level 3 & 4

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

Level 5 & 6

Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP108)