- Roads, Vehicles & Traffic
Safe and unsafe places to cross the road
- Health & Physical Education
- Year 1
- Year 2
Talk about how to decide where the safest place is to cross a road.
Show students pictures and videos of different roads and ask them to identify the safest place to cross. This could also be done during a group walk.
Video examining safe and unsafe places to cross the road in a rural environment.
Video examining safe and unsafe places to cross the road in an urban environment such as at bends and hills.
Video examining safe and unsafe places to cross the road in an urban environment such as at a zebra crossing, shopping strip and roundabout.
- What should a pedestrian consider when choosing somewhere to cross?
- Why is it important for pedestrians to use crossings 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.)