Did you know that in NSW there were 122 5-16 year olds involved in pedestrian bus-related casualties in NSW between 2010-2014? Every day in NSW more than 600,000 school children travel all or part of their journey to school by bus. That’s a lot of kids walking in and around buses!
In the 90’s we had the “Wait, Watch, Walk” jingle which still pops into my head every time I cross the road. Transport for NSW has modernised the message and created a video to teach kids how to stay safe around buses, using a format they are all familiar with – a video game. You can watch the video and find out more information about bus safety on the Safety Town website.
In the meantime, here are a few bus safety tips from Transport for NSW. Talk to your kids about them and get the safety message out.
- Stop, Look, Listen, Think for cars, trucks and other buses when crossing the road at your bus stop
- Don’t stand too close to the kerb when waiting for the bus
- Don’t push in line when getting onto the bus
- Make sure you sit down in available seats swiftly once on board the bus
- Put your bag on your lap or under the seat, not in the aisle where others could potentially trip over
- Stay in your seat until the bus comes to a complete stop
- Don’t be distracted with friends or technology when exiting the bus and crossing the road
- Use pedestrian crossings and lights when crossing roads to catch or leave the bus
Do your kids catch buses to school? What safety messages have you been giving them about buses?
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