Sadly, many children are killed or injured on our roads in avoidable accidents. Practising traffic safety skills from a young age will help develop traffic awareness and responsible attitudes towards sharing our roads.
With current concerns about the environment and fuel costs, bikes are a great alternative to cars for short trips. Australia is fast becoming one of the most obese nations in the world. From a young age, kids must be encouraged to eat healthy foods and become involved in regular exercise, so they continue to make healthy lifestyle decisions throughout their lives. Gaining confidence riding their bikes can encourage students to pursue this fun fitness activity.
Bike Ed program
Learn more about bicycle safety at the Essendon Traffic School through the Bike Ed program.
Bike Ed is suitable to children between the ages of 9 and 13 (years 4 to 7 at school) and can be delivered by schools at the Essendon Traffic School or in a community setting.
A Bike Ed Kit has also been developed especially for teachers to help deliver this training.
For more information on how we can assist your school with Bike Ed please contact Transport Project Officer on 9243 8888.
Education sessions at the Essendon Traffic School help children to build basic road safety skills as riders and as pedestrians. These sessions are suitable for Kindergarten and Primary aged children, and can be linked to curriculum units on safety, health, community and transport.
Maximum numbers per session:
- 30 participants for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students
- 20 participants for Grade 4, 5 and 6 students
Our sessions comprise of a short road safety lesson discussing how to cross the road safely (Stop, Look, Listen, Think) as well as different types of crossings we can use.
We then go on a walking tour of the Traffic School, practicing using the crossings and discussing what they need to do at different signs and lights when they are riding their bikes. Children spend time riding around Traffic School, practicing following all of the road safety rules they have been taught. They may also have an opportunity to explore the Tram if time permits.
During the school term, education sessions are available in the morning or afternoon at the following times:
||10am-11.30am and 12.30pm-2pm
|Moonee Valley school single session
|Moonee Valley schools multiple session
|Non-Moonee Valley school single session
|Non-Moonee Valley school multiple session
Bookings are essential for all education sessions. Bookings must be made at least three weeks before the desired event date and can be made all year around. For further information and booking enquiries please contact Citizens Services on 9243 8888 or email email@example.com
Check if the Essendon Traffic School is available and make a tentative online booking request for your event.
- Detailed step-by-step instructions will help you through the booking request process
- At the end of the process you are emailed a booking request number
- We will contact you to discuss your request and confirm your booking
Frequently asked questions
What to bring?
If children have their own helmets they are encouraged to bring them; however we have helmets available for those without one. Students with long hair should have this tied in a style close to their head (eg low ponytail or plait) to allow helmets to be fitted correctly.
Children should wear closed toe shoes suitable for riding and minimise loose clothing that can pose as a hazard.
All children need to wear a visible name tag to assist the Traffic School Educator.
Drinks are recommended, although there is a drinking fountain on site.
Where does the class enter?
All classes should enter the traffic school as a group, accompanied by the teachers, no more than five minutes prior to the booked session time. A good meeting place, drop off and collection point for groups (and buses) is Montgomery Park, located near the corner of Lawson and Hilda Street. There are also picnic facilities at this park if your group wishes to have a snack or play time before or after your session.
Groups will only be admitted into the Traffic School during their designated booking time, so if you will be arriving earlier or getting picked up later you may like to plan some time at the park.
Please note there is no Bus parking directly outside the Traffic School. Please ensure that buses do not double park behind parked cars along Lawson Street
What happens if the weather is too hot or too wet?
According to Council's "Heat and Sun Protection Policy", Moonee Valley outdoor staff are not permitted to work in temperatures above 36 degrees. Therefore should the Bureau of Meteorology predict forecasts over 36 degrees two to three days prior to the scheduled booking a Council officer will contact the organisation to inform them of the possibility of cancelling or rescheduling their booking. One day prior to the booking the Bureau of Meteorology will be checked once again.
Should predicted temperature exceed 36 degrees, the organisation will be notified that their booking will either be cancelled (and fees refunded) or rescheduled, should there be availabilities.
This is an outdoor facility with limited shelter. In the event that wet weather or thunderstorms are predicted, bookings must be rescheduled (depending on availability) or cancelled (and fees refunded). In the event of light rain, students must wear adequate protective clothing. If poor weather is forecast a Council officer will make contact one day prior to determine whether the booking can go ahead or if it needs to be rescheduled.
Can we have a snack or play inside the Traffic School before or after our session?
Unfortunately your entry to the Traffic School is limited to your booked session times. There may be another group coming in after you, maintenance works or a staff changeover which means the grounds are not available. Montgomery Park is adjacent to the Traffic School and has picnic and playground facilities which many schools make use of before or after their education sessions.