Children must walk their bikes along the footpath directly in front of the school. Students are also asked NOT to bring skateboards to school and to only bring scooters if they can be chained securely to the bike racks.
When walking to school, students are asked to use the appropriate footpaths, adhere to road rules and if requiring to cross Coonowrin Road, they do so at the traffic lights in the front of the school.
Helping a child develop safe behaviours and responsible attitudes towards bicycle safety may seem like a daunting task, however it can be as easy as safely riding a bike yourself. Most bicycle crashes involving children do not involve a car or another vehicle, with rider inexperience and inattention often the main cause. By riding with your child you can identify the hazards in the local area and together plan to either avoid them or work out how to pass them safely.
Other tips to remember when riding with your child include:
- children under 10 years old should ride on the footpath rather than the road - they still have to develop the understanding, skills and experience to cope with traffic
- teach your child to ride in single file and to never 'double' with other children
- place a flag and red reflector on the back of bicycles, a white reflector on the front, and dress children in brightly coloured shoes and clothing to improve their visibility to motorists
- Additionally, always ensure that a properly-fitted nationally accredited helmet is worn at all times when riding, which is a requirement under Queensland law. A correctly fitted and securely adjusted helmet should not move. A helmet that does not fit correctly is unsafe as it may move or slip off in a fall or crash.
The best way for a child to become a safe road user is to practice riding on the road under adult supervision. Adult supervision is essential until a child can demonstrate good bicycle control, behave safely when riding and show understanding of the road rules.
Hints, tips and fact sheets on safe school travel can be found on the Transport Department website: http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Travel-and-transport.aspx