New electronic signs are being installed at 14 Porirua schools to support the safety of tamariki and their whānau.
The bilingual kura/school signs flash amber beacons during school start and finish times to alert road users that school children are around.
Each school will have two electronic signs, one on each key approach to the schools.
“The 14 schools to initially receive signs were prioritised based on the safety risks affecting them,” explains Porirua City Council Manager, Transportation, Darrell Statham.
“The intention is to eventually roll out these signs for all 35 schools across Porirua.”
The signs flash in the mornings and afternoons when school is starting and finishing. This reminds drivers that pedestrians are more likely to be crossing the road at these times.
Other safety improvements happening as part of Council’s School Safety & Pedestrian Crossing Project include the installation of eight raised pedestrian crossing points and better signage near schools, mainly around Cannons Creek.
Darrell says the locations of these crossings have been determined on a case-by-case basis after engaging with schools and following Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency guidelines.
Porirua Mayor Anita Baker says the project is all about keeping kids and their families safe.
“One of our strategic priorities is to keep tamariki and rangatahi at the heart of our city, and ensuring they get to and from school safely is vital,” she says.
The schools to receive the electronic kura/school signs are:
24 Oct 2023