Be Bus Aware

It’s shocking how many school kids are injured or killed in bus-related crashes. In NSW, between 2010 and 2014, there were 122 school aged (5-16 years) pedestrian casualties (including fatalities) in bus-related crashes and 96 of these occurred during school travel times (7.30 to 9.30am and 2.30 to 5.00pm).

In response to these sobering statistics, Transport for NSW has launched Be Bus Aware campaign to educate students about bus safety on the Safety Town website.

Part of this initiative is a new 5 minute video, Agent Walker: Operation Safe Transit for school students, teachers, parents and carers. It shows kids how to safely get on and off buses and how to travel on buses, and includes messages that complement NSW school road safety curriculum. Although it’s aimed at school students in years 5 and 6, it’s suitable for younger primary school kids as well.

I watched this entertaining video with my daughter who is in Kindergarten this year. It was a great conversation starter to discuss safe behaviour.

Reminiscent of a James Bond or Jason Bourne movie, it instructs kids on how to look for dangers while they are around buses. This is especially important for kids who travel to school by bus.

I especially appreciate the message Stop, Look, Listen and Think every time you cross the road. That’s equally important for adults as well as children.

I recommend watching the video with your kids and together learn about the following dangers and tips identified by Agent Walker in operation BUS SAFETY.

  • 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 while 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 a bus

For more information about road safety, visit the Safety Town website.