Road safety around schools

Find out how we work with our community, the New Zealand Police and Greater Wellington Regional Council to keep people safe on the roads around schools.

Road safety around schools

According to the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), Pedestrians are most at risk of being injured at school peak times (7am - 9am and 2pm - 4pm).

Because of this, we run a number of road safety projects and activities involving primary and secondary schools.

We help make our streets as safe as possible around schools by:

  • creating safer active transport routes,
  • supporting school road patrols,
  • creating safe drop-off/pickup locations,
  • managing and enforcing safe parking on nearby streets,
  • improving safety at crossing points,
  • and introducing 40km/h school safety zones.

Speed limit around schools

The speed limit around schools is 40km/h speed limit on school days (Monday to Friday). This limit must be followed at least 35 minutes before the start of school and 20 minutes at the end of the school day.

Active travel for better safety

Active travel is walking, biking, scooters and skateboards to move around the city.

We encourage active travel for trips to and from school to reduce traffic chaos around school entrances. Active travel also has benefits to children’s health and well being and helps reduce carbon emissions.

If you'd like our help setting up walking school buses and to run ‘Walk to school’ promotion days, let us know.

We focus on active travel during Movin’ March and encourage all our primary and intermediate schools to join this region-wide initiative.

Bikes in schools

Free bike skills training is available to Hutt City schools. Training is delivered by Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Pedal Ready Programme.

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Get in touch

If there are safety issues around your school, or if you have any questions about our road safety programmes, contact us at