Children from Raumati South School and Waikanae’s Kapanui School will be able to travel to and from school more safely now that new pedestrian crossings have been installed.
The new Kea crossing on Matai Road South ( left) provides a safe crossing for pupils of Raumati South School.
And two crossings have been provided near Kapanui School inn Waikanae. One is in Ngarara Road, just north of the Rimu Street intersection; the second is outside the school’s second entrance in Belvedere Avenue.
As part of the work in Ngarara Road, rubber cushions have been installed to slow traffic, kerb extensions have been added and improvements made to the intersection.
The changes have resulted from the implementation of the school’s travel plan, which included a survey of parents which identified concerns about children crossing Ngarara Road on their way to and from school.
Many children from two schools will use crossing
Waikanae School also wanted the crossing because large groups of children cross Ngarara Road to use the swimming pool and sports grounds. The $50,000 works were approved earlier this year. (The Raumati South Kea crossing cost $10,000).
School Travel Planner Brent Cherry says the aim was to get the new crossings completed for the start of the school term.
He says: “It’s very satisfying to see children using the new crossings, which are an endorsement of the value of school travel plans in engaging the community and responding to their needs.
Ten schools with traffic plans
“Ten Kapiti schools have now developed a school travel plan that has resulted in a wide range of improvements such as improved crossings, footpaths, roading layouts and other safety features.”
Mr Cherry says drivers need to be extra vigilant as they adjust to the new crossings and watch out for children and parents using them. Equally, he says, children still need to stop, look, and listen, before they cross, and not assume the car has seen them.
 School travel plans are developed by school communities in order to develop safe, active and sustainabletravel choices for students’ trips to and from school. This process includes a parent survey, a student survey, discissions with the school staff and a mapping exercise.