No More Near Misses

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About the project

Indigo Shire is partnering with Beechworth Primary School, Beechworth Health Service and CoDesign Studio to tackle driver distraction through the Junction Road school zone.

This project is a result of a VicRoads Towards Zero Challenge grant to trial ideas at Beechworth Primary along Junction Road to prompt drivers to be reduce distractions when driving, and in particular when traveling through the school zone. It came about due to reports of near misses in the school zone and pedestrians feeling unsafe when crossing the road, specifically during school pick-up and drop-off

What did the project involve?

A series of workshops were run with the school community to understand the major factors causing drivers to be distracted along the road and explore solutions and ways to mitigate these challenges.

The workshops resulted in a series of interventions including:

  • A permanent school crossing along Junction Road
  • Additional signage on High Street
  • Fence art work
  • Way finding stickers directing students to cross at the designated crossing point

The below video clip highlights the enjoyment students get from walking safely to school. It is important that each and every driver reflects on their behaviour and avoids distractions to ensure that students now have the same opportunity to walk to school as students from previous years.