Pedestrians

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The factsFeet on crossing

Pedestrians are a highly diverse group ranging from children, joggers and seniors to people using mobility aids. They are also vulnerable road users.

Pedestrians make up approximately 20% of the people killed on the road each year. Of those killed or injured, children, older pedestrians and alcohol-affected pedestrians are the most vulnerable.

  • More than half of pedestrian fatalities occur in darkness or dusk
  • Of all accidents in which a pedestrian is killed, nearly a third occurred between 5pm and 9pm
  • The months of April, May, June and July when the length of daylight hours is relatively short have a higher number of fatal pedestrian crashes than other times of the year
  • Pedestrian fatal crashes are more likely to occur on weekdays
  • More than two-thirds of pedestrians killed are male

Safer options

  • Always use pedestrian crossings
  • Never assume that an approaching vehicle can see you, or will stop for you - wait until all vehicles have stopped before you cross
  • At intersections, check for turning vehicles before you leave the kerb, and while you are crossing the road
  • Avoid crossing between parked cars or at the front or back of buses
  • Wear bright, light coloured clothing at night or in reduced visibility conditions
  • Avoid using a mobile phone or portable media player (so you can hear vehicles and concentrate on crossing the road)
  • At traffic lights, make sure that vehicles stop before you start to cross, and don't enter the road if vehicles are moving through the crossing

Our initiatives

For further information on pedestrian road safety, please contact our Road Safety Officer on 02 4232 0444.