Crime Prevention & Community Safety
Pedestrians and cyclists
Release date: Thu 29 March 2007
Last updated: Thu 12 September 2013
Pedestrian safety is a matter of using your eyes, ears, judgment and common sense.
- Use traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, pedestrian refuges, and overpasses and underpasses.
- Establish eye-to-eye contact with drivers to ensure you have been seen.
- When crossing the road, walk straight across.
- Keep scanning for oncoming traffic while crossing the road.
- Children learn road safety by watching adults. Set a good example by always crossing the road at a crossing or at traffic lights.
- Avoid crossing near the crest of a hill or on a bend.
- Don't step from the kerb until traffic has stopped.
- Avoid emerging from between parked vehicles.
- Slow down and be aware of pedestrian movement near schools, shopping centres and other pedestrian areas.
- Never assume a pedestrian or driver has seen you.
- Before crossing the road, think about whether any approaching drivers can see you.
- Make eye contact with drivers if possible.
- Be seen. At night wear reflective clothing or something light in colour.
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