Safety tips for crossing the road
- Always look for traffic in both directions before crossing a road.
- Use a pedestrian crossing if available, where drivers can clearly see you.
- It is illegal to cross the road within 30 metres of a pedestrian crossing.
- When crossing, make eye contact with drivers to ensure they have seen you.
- If there is no crossing facility nearby, choose an open, clear place to cross where driver can see you and where you can see cars coming.
- Can you cross in time? If there is any doubt, wait until the next gap in traffic.
- Wearing shoes with a good grip that fit well and that are in good condition helps us to walk securely.
- Walk along the footpath, never along the roadway where drivers may not see you.
- Bright or light coloured clothing or a bag can help you to be visible to drivers, especially at night time and in poor weather.
- A wheeled bag can be very handy if walking is difficult with heavy goods. Otherwise it can be good to walk to the shops or library and catch public transport home.
- Be careful in car parks and when walking past driveways - some people reverse without looking.
Motor Scooters and Wheelchairs
A motorised wheelchair is a mobility aid with two or more wheels and a maximum speed of 10km/hr on level ground. This device is to assist a person who has difficulty walking. People using such a device are defined as pedestrians under the NSW Road Rules.
Motorised Scooter Use and information
Safety Information for scooters:
- Travel on the footpath wherever possible. "A motorised wheelchair must not travel along the road unless it is impractical to travel along the footpath or nature strip next to the road." - NSW Road Rules.
- Attach a safety flag to your wheelchair so it is above your head for good visibility.
- Be courteous to and careful of pedestrians, particularly children and seniors.
- Drive at walking pace and give pedestrians plenty of space.