Koalas holding on tightly to avoid falls, fairy penguins hailing buses and fruit and vegetables practising COVID safe behaviours are some of the winning creative ideas Victorian students have used to communicate bus safety messages in Transdev Melbourne’s 2020 bus safety poster competition.
The competition called on Victorian students in Years 5-8 to create a poster promoting safe behaviours when travelling on buses.
Ian Craig, Acting Managing Director, Transdev Melbourne said; “At Transdev, safety is our number one priority. We received hundreds of entries from all across Victoria and are delighted to see young people so engaged with an important topic like bus safety.
“Our judging panel had a difficult time deciding winners but ultimately the winning entries carefully considered their safety message and demonstrated creativity and talent in designing their poster to capture people’s attention.”
Winner of the Year 5/6 category Ashlea researched the attributes and behaviour of Australian animals for her poster saying, “I picked the koala because it loves to hold on to tree branches tightly and that is exactly what we want to remind people to do when they are standing onboard a moving bus – hold tight”
Posters submitted to the competition covered a range of safety topics including keeping aisles clear or holding on to avoid slips and falls, safe COVID-19 behaviours, hailing buses and not distracting the driver.
The judging panel included Lisa Faldon, Director Bus Safety at Transport Safety Victoria and Jane Murray Head of Customer Experience and Communication, Transdev Melbourne. The Journey Makers’ Award was awarded by popular vote of Transdev Melbourne staff.
Prizes were awarded in two categories – for primary students enrolled in Years 5 and 6 and secondary students enrolled in Years 7 and 8. Data indicates students in these year levels are most likely to catch the bus independently for the first time.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Transdev has continued to operate school bus services with the support of the Department of Transport, ensuring those Victorians students who can’t learn from home, including vulnerable students and children of essential workers, can get to school.