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Safe travel to school - treatments to encourage walking and cycling to primary school

Poynton, J., McIntyre, J.

Crossings (Pedestrian, School, Rail, Rural/Animal) Pedestrians Cycling Road Safety Strategy

ARSC conference 2018

Darebin City Council supports walking and cycling to school. Between 2012 and 2017 Darebin conducted travel audits on many schools and implemented recommended infrastructure treatments. To identify what should be included in future travel strategies, Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd evaluated a sample of the changes as a result of the audits. The present understanding of risk assessment emphasizes that perceived risk is as important as the technically determined actual risk. In an analogous manner, if a treatment that road safety experts consider highly effective (the actual effectiveness), is unpopular with key stakeholders (the perceived effectiveness) then the process of reconciling such disagreement is an important part of determining effective road safety treatments.