Surf Coast Shire Council will investigate constructing a raised speed hump just before the pram crossing on Legacy Drive near Lisieux Primary School in Torquay.
Council will also consider parking restrictions on Legacy Drive during school pick up times.
The resolution was made by Council at its 24 June Council meeting, following receiving a petition requesting a manned children’s crossing at the corner of Legacy Drive and South Beach Road.
Surf Coast Shire officers carried out a site assessment, including pedestrian survey counts along with vehicle speed and traffic data collection, which indicated that the location does not meet guidelines for the provision of a children’s crossing.
“Children’s safety and supporting active lifestyles are priorities for me so I’m pleased that families have raised this issue,” Deputy Mayor Cr Liz Pattison said.
“While Legacy Drive doesn’t currently meet the Department of Transport guidelines for a children’s crossing due to low numbers of students crossing here, we know that this could change.”
“So we will monitor the location during the school year and will keep reviewing and reassessing the situation.”
“In the meantime, Council will consider installing a raised speed hump close to the crossing point and will also look into introducing parking restrictions at school pick up time to help manage traffic risks,” she said.
North Torquay has been developing rapidly as Surf Coast’s largest growth area with three developing housing estates surrounding the Lisieux school site, The Dunes, Zeally Sands and the Stretton Estate.
Lisieux Primary School is currently only accessed via South Beach Road with land surrounding the school still undeveloped.
Council recently constructed a new pathway on South Beach Road which links the school to these estates. Once surrounding undeveloped land is completed within the Stretton Estate, access to Lisieux School will be provided through other roads within this estate.