• Activity
  • Walking
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Safe and unsafe places to cross the road

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

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

Show students the pictures of different roads and ask them to identify the safest place to cross. The pictures can be found at [INSERT LINK TO PICTURES]. This could also be done during a group walk.

Discussion questions

  • What can happen if pedestrians choose not to   use crossings? (Drivers may not see them, pedestrians may not make it to the   other side of the road, pedestrians may hurry and trip.)
  • What should a pedestrian consider when choosing somewhere 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


    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)