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Staying safe as a pedestrian

Pedestrian safety is a matter of using your eyes, ears, judgment and common sense.

Things a pedestrian should do

As a pedestrian you should:

  • use traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, pedestrian refuges, and overpasses and underpasses
  • establish 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
  • set a good example for children and other pedestrians by always crossing the road at a crossing or at traffic lights

Things a pedestrian should not do

As a pedestrian you should not:

  • avoid crossing a road near the crest of a hill or on a bend
  • step off the kerb onto the road until the traffic has stopped or cleared
  • emerge onto the road from between parked vehicles where drivers may not be able to see you

Staying safe as a cyclist

As a cyclist you should:

  • slow down and be aware of pedestrians crossing near schools, shopping centres and other pedestrian areas
  • never assume that a pedestrian or driver has seen you
  • think about whether any approaching drivers can see you before changing lanes or making a turn on the road
  • make eye contact with drivers if possible
  • wear reflective clothing or something light in colour, this is especially important at night
  • have a front and rear light on your bicycle, and turn these lights on if you are riding in the evening or in low light

Reviewed 26 August 2021

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