Centre for Road Safety

1522 pedestrians are hit on our roads each year. Look out before you step out.

Look out before you step out

More than 1500 pedestrians are hit on NSW roads each year. Even if you are familiar with the road, it’s vital to take an extra moment to look out before you step out, and always choose the safest place and time to cross. We all have a part to play to bring the road toll Towards Zero.

Pedestrian fatal and serious injury crashes are more common in areas with higher pedestrian volumes, including higher risk metropolitan roads. A pedestrian hit by a car travelling at 50km/h is twice as likely to die as one hit by a car travelling at 40km/h.

Our Look Out Before You Step Out campaign aims to improve pedestrian safety, particularly on higher risk urban roads. Upgrades to pedestrian safety infrastructure include changes to traffic signal timing to protect pedestrians from turning cars, more high pedestrian activity 40km/h speed zones, pedestrian countdown timers and trials of in-ground lights as an added warning when crossing the road.

These initiatives, along with enhanced police enforcement, are aimed at reducing the trauma on our roads.

Tips and advice

Find more information on other initiatives and advice to reduce pedestrian deaths and serious injuries:

Shared paths

We commissioned research into different aspects of shared path safety in NSW. Our Shared paths document (PDF, 122Kb) has more information on the research findings and summarises the safety issues. For a copy of the full research reports, please use our Contact us form.