Pedestrian and Safer Schools program

We’re improving safety for pedestrians at more than 55 schools, shopping strips and intersections across the state as part of the jointly funded program to deliver shovel-ready infrastructure projects and urgent road safety improvements in Victoria.

What we're doing

Through the Pedestrian and Safer Schools program, the Australian and Victorian Governments are investing $19.5 million to help Victorian pedestrians, cyclists and motorists share the roads more safely.

Within Metropolitan Melbourne, we’re delivering safety improvements at 29 busy, high-risk areas to protect vulnerable road users.

Safety upgrades include:

  • electronic speed limit signs
  • pedestrian operated signals
  • raised zebra crossings
  • pedestrian refuge islands
  • other improvements to signaling, crossing and ground markings.

To learn more about Pedestrian and Safer Schools projects in metropolitan Melbourne, visit the dedicated page, or to find out about safety upgrades in your area, visit our interactive safer roads website. Visit our Pedestrian and Safer Schools RRV page to find out about what’s being delivered in regional Victoria.

Why we're doing it

Pedestrians are one of the most vulnerable road user groups, and the number of pedestrians killed or hospitalised has increased in the last 5 years. Between 2014 and 2019 more than 170 pedestrians were killed in Victoria, with more 2,300 seriously injured on Victorian roads.

Pedestrians and cyclists are completely exposed to the full force of a collision and the risk increases in busy pedestrian areas. Almost 80% of pedestrian fatality and serious injury crashes occurred on roads with speed limits of 60km/h or lower.

Infrastructure plays a vital role in preventing serious crashes. It also helps to reduce the severity of crashes when they’re unavoidable. 

Mistakes happen, which as humans we can’t always avoid. What we can do is build more forgiving road infrastructure so that when a mistake does happen on the road, it doesn’t cost a life.

These busy, high-risk pedestrian and school areas will be made safer thanks to the $19.5m investment through the joint Australian and Victorian Government Targeted Road Safety Works Program.

This jointly funded program is dedicating $97.2m to deliver shovel-ready infrastructure projects and urgent road safety improvements in Victoria. This program aims to accelerate the delivery of new infrastructure projects, continue roads safety improvements and support construction jobs and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

These upgrades are being delivered by Safer Roads, in partnership with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and will help us continue to deliver a safer network for connected journeys to get Victorians home sooner and safer, while supporting economic recovery.

Get in touch

For more information about this project, please get in touch.

Email[email protected]

Call: 13 11 71

Australian Government and TAC logos

Was this page helpful?


Please tell us why (but don't leave your personal details here - message us if you need help or have questions).