• Activity
  • Walking
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Safe and unsafe places to cross the road

Learning areas:
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Prep
  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Talk about how to decide where the safest place is to cross a road.

Show students pictures of different roads and ask them to identify the safest place to cross. This could also be done during a group walk.

Discussion questions

  • What should a pedestrian consider when choosing somewhere to cross?
  • Why is it important for pedestrians to use crossing when they are available? (Drivers can see them, pedestrians have the time to cross the road safety, the traffic is halted to make time for pedestrians to cross.)
  • Information for teachers

    When choosing the best place to cross a road, pedestrians should:

    • Use a pedestrian crossing if there is one nearby.
    • Find a place where there is a clear view of traffic coming from all directions – no hills, corners, parked cars, shrubs, etc. that block the view of approaching traffic.
    • Cross away from an intersection unless it has traffic lights. (Crossing midblock [away from an intersection] means you only have to look two ways, compared with four at an intersection, but it depends on how busy the road is.)

    Victorian curriculum

    Health and PE

    Foundation

    Identify people and actions that help keep themselves safe and healthy (VCHPEP059)

    Identify actions that promote health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP062)

    Level 1 & 2

    Recognise situations and opportunities to promote their own health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP074)