Road safety: Everyone is a road user

Everyone is a road user primary curriculum resource

Think of the road as a “commons”. It's a shared place where everyone can understand the rules and expectations. And everyone can contribute towards a system that supports all citizens having safer journeys.

Primary and intermediate school students can act as citizens, by:

  • finding aspects of local journeys to focus on
  • listening to different perspectives related to their inquiry
  • seeking community-based solutions to safer journeys
  • becoming knowledge producers for their local communities
  • collecting and creating stories about safer journeys for pedestrians, cyclists and passengers.

This resource was created by Pam Hook.

“Students need a context where they have a voice and feel like they belong, matter and can make a difference. These road safety education resources are designed to enable students’ agency as active citizens so that they contribute to a safe road network." Pam Hook

Below is an overview of the resource, including introductory activity, curriculum plan, learning intentions and key competencies self-assessment rubrics.

Also below is a collection of five sample activities. These activities offer an opportunity to introduce students to the “wicked transport problems” that face road users seeking safer journeys on local roads.

Students can compare local roads and road users, using poetry or visual texts. They can write to an author/poet about safer journeys for road users. They can create a visual text for road engineers, architects and builders about a bike shed or a futuristic liveable street.

Students can survey road users to find out what people think about a local road, then classify and analyse the answers. They can also calculate how much land area is taken up by carparking and investigate what hazards carparks may introduce.

Activities allow students to explore peripheral vision. Students learn about light and human senses to understand what road users see. They can measure how much time it takes to react to a stimulus. Also: students investigate unbalanced forces on local roads.

Assessment rubric templates, a full reading list, a list of all supporting websites and online tools, plus a PDF map of possible wicked transport problems for students to investigate.