Richmond Primary School is one of more than 30 schools, TAFEs or universities in Yarra:

Image credit: Richmond Primary School

Context

Richmond Primary School is located next to Mary Street, just east of Church St, in Local Area Place Making (LAPM) area 21 Barkly.

Image credit: Streets Alive Yarra and Open Street Maps

School support for walking and cycling

The school encourages children to walk or ride to school by supporting the Walk to School and Ride to School programs.

Issues

However, the local set of streets, within 2 km of the school, are not safe. This can be seen by the fact that Yarra Council pays for crossing supervisors on several intersections near the school, similar to other services across Victoria. Also, many parents are reluctant to let their children ride on the local roads.

Image credit: City of Yarra website

Solutions

A better solution would be safer and more walkable streets, enabling school children to walk and ride to school without risking death or serious injury. A holistic solution would be to convert LAPM 20 Cremorne and LAPM 21 Barkly into 30 km/h superblocks, and upgrade the perimeter shopping streets to include protected bicycle lanes.

In particular, Mary Street would be ideally suited to hosting a protected bicycle lane, as it links the Yarra bike path to the school as well as the Barkly Gardens park. By going through the park, cyclists could join up to the Coppin Street bicycle lanes, leading up to Richmond High School.

Support from the school

The Richmond Primary School Principal and School Council President support the call for safer streets:

Local champion

Your local champion for Richmond Primary School is Saskia, a student at the school, who led the collection of a petition from students, calling for safe routes to school. View all of Streets Alive Yarra’s champions on our testimonials page.

I don’t want to get run over by some fast cars and you probably don’t want that either. You can stop this from happening by making the cars go slower and make a safer bike paths too.

Saskia

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