24th March 2022, Illawarra Mercury
Report about our combined Ride2School and Slowdown day – where drivers are asked to voluntarily slow down to 30km/h in local streets.
17th March 2022, The Micromobility report
Report on the upcoming Slowdown Day led by Healthy Cities Illawarra and supported by Transport for NSW and Wollongong City council. We are combining a Ride2School with a day where drivers are asked to slow down to 30km/h
15th February 2022, Illawarra Mercury
Editorial piece in response to Safe Streets to School joining the alliance for the three transport priorities.
15th February 2022, ABC Radio Illawarra
Lena, campaigner for Safe Streets to School Wollongong is talking to the ABC Illawarra about the new alliance for the three transport priorities. https://aspactivity.org/three-transport-priorities/
14th February 202, Illawarra Mercury
The Illawarra Mercury reported on our new alliance that includes organisations like the Heart Foundation, the Climate Council and the Australasian College of Road safety for lower urban speed limits and safe routes to school.
22nd October 2021, ABC Illawarra Breakfast show
Lena for our Wollongong chapter speaks about the increase of road deaths in children that we saw in Australia in lockdown: Children should be able to walk or ride through their neighbourhood or to school without being killed by cars. Creating a road system that keeps them safe AND active is possible and at the heart of our campaign.
21st October 2021, The Conversation
Despite fewer cars on the road, we have seen a 25% increase in deaths of children this year. Here’s what we need to do. Safe-Streets-to-School’s campaign is mentioned. Listen to the radio interview further outlining actions:
1st October 2021, Mercury
Safe Streets to School made a submission to the Tasmanian Legislative Council inquiry into road safety. Footpaths and crossings or 30km/h limits within a 2km radius of schools are needed to make streets safer.
25th September 2021, Illawarra Mercury
Healthy Cities Illawarra supported by Safe Streets to School Wollongong and 30please was awarded a grant by the NSW government for a pilot with three schools. Helping the schools to advocate for infrastructure improvements and a 30km/h Slow Down Day will form part of the pilot. More on the grant here.
3rd August 2021, Illawarra Mercury
Wollongong council voted in favour of a motion to look at ways which would enable the council to more easily install pedestrian crossings which is welcomed by Safe Streets to School Wollongong.
26th July 2021, Illawarra Mercury
Safe Streets to School Wollongong made a submission opposing the suggested changes by TfNSW (“Bulli/Thirroul traffic improvements”). Instead of attempting to fix the traffic by providing more lanes, we are suggesting fixing the weakest links of the walking network – for example making Park Road in Bulli easier to cross.
23rd July 2021, The Bulli Times
Safe Streets to School Wollongong made a submission opposing the suggested changes by TfNSW (“Bulli/Thirroul traffic improvements”). Instead of attempting to fix the traffic by providing more lanes, we are suggesting to fix the weakest links of the walking network so more families have the option to walk or cycle to school instead of adding to congestion.
9th July 2021, WINNEWS Illawarra
Healthy Cities Illawarra’s CEO Kelly Andrews was talking to WINNEWS about the partnership with Safe Streets to School Wollongong for more kids walking and cycling to school. Help us by participating in the community survey.
9th July 2021, Wave FM
Campaigners for Safer Streets have organised an Online Town Hall Meeting today. The group says all Wollongong Councillors, were invited to listen to their concerns and inform them on their position, regarding a campaign for footpaths and crossings, or 30kph speed limits in the walking catchment of schools. Lead Safe Streets campaigner Jon Lindley, Kelly Andrews from Healthy Cities Illawarra, and five-Councillors, have reportedly confirmed they will be part of the meeting. The online meeting is today between 3pm-4pm, RSVP here
7th July 2021, ABC Radio Illawarra
Jon, lead campaigner for Safe Streets to School Wollongong is talking to Melinda Jones at ABC Illawarra about the upsides of lockdown – low traffic neighbourhoods where kids can ride through their neighbourhood. When the Lockdown is lifted, we need strategies to make our streets safe even when traffic picks up again.
6th July 2021, Southcoaster
An Opinion piece by Jon, lead campaigner for Safe Streets to School Wollongong: Lockdown turns streets into playgrounds is published in South Coaster. Jon is calling for footpaths and crossing or 30km/h limits within the walking catchment of schools. When traffic picks up again after lockdown, this can help kids to be active and safe in their neighbourhoods.
31st May 2021, Illawarra Mercury
Almost 600 people have now signed our petition for Safe Streets in Wollongong. The Lord Mayor tabled our petition on Monday and Jon was speaking at council why we are demanding safer streets for kids and what we mean by that.
2nd May 2021, 2515Mag
Safe Streets to School Wollongong partners with Healthy Cities Illawarra and 30please for Slowdown Days.
“We’re looking holistically at community attitudes and behaviours and infrastructure to make active transport, walking and cycling, to schools safer,” Kelly tells 2515.
4th February 2021, SouthCoaster
Opinion Piece by Jon, Lead Campaigner for Wollongong.
For two years, I have been working with other parents on travel mode surveys to engage children, parents and educators at Wollongong public schools to determine barriers to children walking and riding to school. The insights from over 800 survey responses across 14 public schools are consistent with research, kids want to walk and ride to school. Parents want safe routes for their child’s whole journey between home and school. […]
9th December 2020 Illawarra Mercury
Jon, Lead Campaigner for Safe Streets to School Wollongong on the benefits of lower speed limits helping to prevent further road trauma in Wollongong.