Providing all road users tools, techniques and training to be safe on all roads.
Kingston's Preschool Road Safety Education program encourages road safety awareness for all three and four-year old students.
The program is offered to preschool centres throughout Kingston.
- Stop, Look, Listen, think process when crossing the road.
- Using senses to gather information about traffic.
- Understand the importance of being with an adult when crossing the road.
- How to cross a pedestrian crossing safely.
- Use visual clues to decide when a road is clear.
What we do in the program
- Work collaboratively with the preschool community to look at a range of ways to address road safety for preschoolers.
- Provide road safety education for Kindergarten level 3 and level 4.
- Conduct an audit of the area surrounding the kindergarten.
- Provide promotional items and tools to assist with the learning process.
- Offer bike education props and support for bike education.
- On road excursion for Level 4 after completion of the education session.
- Visit from Lottie the Lollipop Lady, Victoria’s school crossing guard.
- For further information or to book in your preschool sessions contact Kingston's Community Road Safety officer, Michelle Galileos on 9581 4372 or email email@example.com
Child Restraint Sessions
Trained child restraint fitters can help you to install your child restraint or booster seat properly. If a child restraint is not fitted properly it may not protect your child in a crash.
Restraint fitting stations are available throughout the City of Kingston. Trained installers can fit your restraint, check that it is installed correctly or fit an anchorage point to your vehicle if you need one.
Make sure you get the restraint fitter to show you how to fit the child restraint. This will help if you need to move the child restraint to another vehicle.
Primary School Education
Prep to Grade 3 Road Safety Education
Kingston City Council provides road safety education for primary school children. This is based on the VicRoads: Kids on the Move program which is the core road safety education for primary schools.
Kids on the Move focuses on children at AusVELS Levels Prep to 2 when they are starting school and establishing learning patterns, and at AusVELS Levels 3 to 6 when they transition to secondary school.
Kids on the Move provides activities for the classroom and for exploring the traffic environment to allow students to gain important practical experience.
Safe Routes to School
The Safe Routes to School program addresses road safety issues, reduces traffic congestion and increases the number of students walking and riding to school.
This is an interactive and comprehensive 12-month program where Council works with the primary school community to design and implement solutions to address road safety, traffic congestion and parking issues around the school.
The benefits for schools participating are long lasting in terms of practical measures on the ground and behavioural changes.
Schools involved will receive a full road safety educational package including: Kiss & Go Education, Park & Stride Route maps, area mapping, a traffic audit and an action plan.
WOW Kingston (Walk or Wheels Once a Week)
WOW Kingston is the “Walk or Wheels Once a Week” program for primary schools held over 6 weeks during Term 2 of the school year. The program aims to encourage primary school students to walk and cycle to school. It also improves road safety awareness and traffic conditions around the school.
Each school nominates a day of the week on which to promote active travel. This becomes their ‘WOW’ day. Students will record their participation on a special class wall calendar provided by Council. At the conclusion of 6 weeks, the class that has walked and cycled the most will be awarded with Council’s special WOW Kingston Golden Boot to recognise their outstanding participation.
Schools will receive materials, incentives and prizes as part of the program.
Walk to School - October
The Walk to School program is run in partnership with VicHealth. This month-long program aims to improve physical activity through encouraging active travel modes to school. This is held every October with schools encouraged to register online on the Walk to School website.
Walk to School month promotes the benefits of walking including improving fitness, friendships and confidence. Being involved is a great way for schools to students learn healthy habits, and support them to meet the 60 minutes of physical activity recommended for children each day.
Park and Stride
Park and Stride is a term that means driving part of the way to school and walking the rest.
The program encourages families who need to drive, to use a designated spot within a short distance of the school as a drop-off or pick-up point. Children can then walk the rest of the way with other students and families.
Kingston works with schools to identify suitable parking spots and routes to school. These will be marked on a special a ‘Walk and Wheels to School Route Map’ that schools receive as part of the program.
Kiss and Go
The Kiss & Go Program is designed to provide families with a safe and convenient area for dropping off and picking up children. It is labelled Kiss & Go Program as a means to prompt a quick goodbye, or hello greeting, with the driver remaining in the vehicle and leaving shortly after.
The Kiss & Go is a a short-term stopping area for children to be able to walk between the car and the school using the safety of the footpath.
Kingston Council works with schools to implement the Kiss & Go Program as a way to make better use of no parking areas near the school gates.
The City of Kingston offers school funding to support Bike Education, or Bike Ed as it's known.
Bike Ed is delivered in schools and community settings. The program helps children aged 9 to 13 years develop the skills they need to ride safely and independently on roads and paths.
About Bike Ed
The program involves a mix of practical activities conducted off-road (in the school grounds) and on-road (on local roads) together with classroom activities. The Bike Ed Instructor's Manual is the key component of Bike Ed. The manual consists of five modules:
- getting started
- basic bike skills
- building skills for riding in traffic
- riding on paths and
- riding on-road.
Funding and support for schools
- Bike Ed Instructor Training – accredited Bike Ed Training for school-based cycling programs.
- Bike Ed Refresher Training Program – Training designed to update participants who are already accredited Bike Ed Instructors. It aims to refresh instructor skills and confidence to effectively plan and safely undertake cycling programs.
- Bike Ed Assistant Training – Training is offered over two mornings of the scheduled instructor course for parents or other persons interested in assisting with Bike Ed.
Secondary School Education
Active Youth - Pedestrian Distraction - Year 7 to 8
Active Youth Program works with secondary schools to target pedestrian distraction and address issues such as mobile phones distraction whilst walking and riding to school.
This is an interactive program where students improve knowledge, skills and awareness of road safety behaviour.
Council works with a student project team in a peer to peer program, as students have the opportunity to model to other students the desired behaviour around road safety. The program is tailored to the school’s requirements.
Road Smart - Year 10
Road Smart is a program run for Year 10 students who are just about to obtain their Learners Permit. It includes:
- An interactive classroom session with a Road Smart facilitator
- eLearning for students and supervising drivers
- A free in-car session with a qualified instructor
- A resource toolkit for teachers that is linked to the Victorian Curriculum.
Fit 2 Drive - Year 11
Fit2Drive is program for Year 11 students that focuses on peer pressure and high-risk behaviour as a road user.
What is the F2D Year 11 Workshop?
The interactive half-day workshop consists of both large and small group guided discussions and activities where students are engaged by VicRoads trained facilitators. The program also utilises the expertise of local Victoria Police and MFB emergency service providers who each have staff undertake VicRoads approved training to deliver sessions (when available) during the workshop.
Throughout the day students develop a deeper understanding of the complexities of decision making and risk assessment as a young road user. Students are given the opportunity to self-determine, with their peers, the tools, strategies and phrases they may need to stay safe on the road.
Who is it for?
The F2D Year 11 Workshop is:
- A Victorian program, where F2D teams travel to education providers in both rural and metro regions state-wide. The F2D Year 11 Workshop is delivered to students studying Year 11 VCE or cohorts of similar age-groups enrolled in alternative educational settings such as technical, vocational, applied or specialist learning.
- A key point of difference of the F2D Year 11 Workshop is the focus on the behaviour and responsibilities of all young people, regardless of what type of road user.
Looking after our mates - Year 12
Looking After Our Mates is an interactive drink/drug driving information presentation about responsible driving and looking after each other. The presentation is aimed at young adults in Year 12 or equivalent in a school or sports club setting and can be run in 30 or 45 minutes sessions.
Wiser Driver Program is a course that covers topics such as:
- building confidence and awareness in driving
- outlining changes to road rules
- upgrading skills and experience
- outlining vehicle and driver roadworthiness.
This is a free program offered to all Kingston older adults and will assist you to plan for the future.
Wiser Walker Program is a course that covers topics including:
- using public transport in your local area
- tips on using a Myki card
- community transport options
- council support available to you.
The program is a free program offered to all Kingston older adults and includes visiting the local train station and bus stations to discuss mapping out effective routes to local amenities.
Ageing is an inevitable part of life. Some changes that come with ageing can cause safety issues for drivers. For some people, these changes can start well before the age of 75. For others, changes might not affect you until your eighties or later.
Changes to your health and driving
As you get older, your driving may be affected by changes in your:
- Movement and response times
- Medical conditions
What you need to do?
In Victoria, you are allowed to drive up to any age, on the condition that you are medically safe to drive.
You are not required to pass a licence test when you reach a certain age (e.g. 65 or 70), but as you get older it’s your responsibility to:
- understand how changes to your health could affect your driving
- monitor your health for any changes
- notify VicRoads if you have developed a medical condition or disability that could affect your driving.
You may be required to undergo a medical review, so we can assess your fitness to drive. This may happen if concerns about your ability to drive safely have been reported to VicRoads.
- For more about medical reviews or further information please contact Kingston's Community Road Safety officer, Michelle Galileos on 9581 4372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org