• Activity
  • Public Transport

Safety advice for travelling on trains and trams

Compile a class list of passenger behaviours that students have heard about or experienced themselves when travelling on a train or tram, including while waiting at the station or stop. Focus on those that are either inappropriate, likely to result in harm to the individual or the community, or are illegal. Classify the reported behaviours into those that are antisocial/discourteous, those that are illegal and those which might deter others from using the service.

Write each behaviour on the top of a sheet of paper and stick each sheet to the wall. Invite students (in pairs) to circulate around the room writing up a strategy that they could use to maximise their safety if confronted with the identified behaviour or situation.

Have students develop a code of conduct or safety advice sheet for travelling on trains/trams – either when they are in a group or when they are on their own.

Discussion questions

  • What behaviour have you observed on public transport that has been inappropriate?
  • How did people deal with the inappropriate behaviour?
  • What are some strategies for dealing with inappropriate behaviour?
  • How do you think inappropriate behaviour affects people’s decision to use public transport?

Information for teachers

Public Transport Victoria has information with strategies about how to stay safe on trains www.ptv.vic.gov.au

Victorian curriculum

Health and PE

Level 5 & 6

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