Three Victorian children have died and 153 have been seriously injured while walking or riding to and from school in the past five years, figures from TAC reveal.
Bayside, Casey, Geelong had the highest number of injuries and fatalities for pedestrians and cyclists aged between five and 18 years old.
There were four pedestrians and four cyclists seriously injured in Bayside. In Casey four pedestrians and three cyclists were seriously injured. In Geelong, one child was killed, and six pedestrians and one cyclist were seriously injured.
Most of the accidents occurred during school zone hours
Brimbank had seven school-aged pedestrians seriously injured and Boroondara recorded one cyclist injury and six pedestrians injured. The Dandenong municipality had six pedestrians who were seriously injured and one child who died. The other death was in Richmond.
Most of the accidents occurred during school zone hours and most injuries occurred with cars travelling in a 50 to 60km/h speed zone. Fewer than one in five accidents occurred in 40km/h zones.
The startling statistics have prompted calls to highlight the importance of walking and riding to school safely.
TAC chief executive officer Janet Dore said pedestrians and cyclists were among the most vulnerable people on the roads, especially when they were young and inexperienced.
Primary schools across Australia will be taking part in National Walk Safely to School Day this Friday, May 22
"It is essential that parents take responsibility for ensuring their kids understand road safety, just as it's important that motorists slow down and take every precaution when driving around them or in the vicinity of schools," Ms Dore said.
Primary schools across Australia will be taking part in National Walk Safely to School Day this Friday, May 22. The day is an annual event that aims to raise awareness of road and pedestrian safety as well as the benefits of exercise.
Pedestrian Council of Australia chief executive Harold Scruby said pedestrian accidents and fatalities were on the rise in Victoria.
"With parents, carers and teachers the greatest influencers of our children, we would encourage everyone to do their bit in getting their school to register and help us create healthier kids for a healthier generation." To register your school for Walk Safely to School Day go to walk.com.au