Protecting our vulnerable road users
School Transport Infrastructure Program
The School Transport Infrastructure Program provides funding to improve the safety and operation of Queensland schools through new or improved infrastructure at the school and on the surrounding road network.
During 2019–20, two tranches of the program were finalised which has seen 37 projects valued at over $9.8 million approved across Queensland.
Queensland schools are already seeing the benefits of the program, with a number of projects delivered during 2019–20. For example, the $526,500 carpark and kiss-and-go area at Walkervale State School in Bundaberg and kerb ramps and footpath reinstallation for students attending Birkdale South State School in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs.
Read more about our School Transport Infrastructure Program.
Flashing school zones improve safety
School children across Queensland are safer with flashing school zone signs installed at 1000 school zones since the program began in 2012.
Children can be unpredictable around roads and flashing zones actively remind drivers of the presence of children and the lower speed limit.
Priority sites are selected for treatment based on several risk criterias, which includes a detailed assessment of risk, nominations by schools and communities, along with local knowledge of the area.
Funded by the Camera Detected Offences Program, this year’s program saw flashing school zones installed across Queensland including Mareeba, Longreach, Roma, and Mitchell. Over 100 school zones are scheduled to have flashing school zones installed in 2020–21.
Rest area audit
The department audited more than 1000 rest areas across Queensland’s state-controlled road network in 2019–20 with a focus on disability access features at picnic tables, shelter sheds, access paths, amenities, and playgrounds.
This initiative is part of the department's commitment to providing a transport network accessible to everyone in addition to further helping road users to plan their journeys and factor in motorist rest stops to manage fatigue.
The audit results data will go through a data review and cleansing process and will be made available to the community through the RestSpace app, Qld Glove and QldTraffic under open data in early-2021.
An Interactive Map (IMAP) will be developed and will contain the audit data. When any updates to new or removed rest areas or maintenance requirements will be recorded and managed in the IMAP. This will mean customers will have up to date data for current rest areas and their facilities on the network.