A reminder for the Marian community that Student Drop off & Pick up is located at the St Madeleine’s parking area between 8.15am – 9.00am & 3.00pm – 4.00pm. Please DO NOT drive through to the bus bay area during these times.
Be Bus Aware highlights the importance of bus safety for all road users. Buses are large, heavy vehicles and can’t stop quickly.
Bus Safety Week will run from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 February 2019 to raise awareness for all road users on how to stay safe on and around buses, helping to reduce injuries and fatalities.
Millions of trips – NSW has one of the largest metropolitan bus fleet in Australia. Almost 4000 buses operate in the Sydney area, while another 1000 buses service the Newcastle, Wollongong and Blue Mountains areas. In addition, more than 3000 bus services operate in rural and regional NSW.
From 2014 to 2018 (provisional), 34 people lost their lives in bus crashes across NSW and between June 2013 and June 2018 454 were seriously injured. Of these 34 fatalities, 14 were pedestrians, 11 were drivers (all in vehicles other than a bus), 6 were passengers (4 in buses, 2 in other vehicles), 2 were pedal cyclists and 1 was a motorcyclist.
Pedestrians – are our most vulnerable road users and make-up half of all fatalities from bus crashes in metropolitan areas. Bus Safety Week promotes safety for pedestrians, who should:
- Plan ahead and don’t rush for the bus
- Obey traffic signals and cross with care
- Avoid being distracted by mobile devices
- Stand back from the kerb when waiting for a bus.