Centre for Road Safety

Be aware, there's a tram there

Be aware, there’s a tram there

Whether you are driving, riding, walking or cycling, be aware of the trams running on the light rail network, including during testing operations, near and around you.

It’s important to remember trams can be in the middle of the road, not to the left like buses and cars. Extra care should be taken around stops as pedestrians will be crossing the road at intersections to move between the footpath and platform.

Top 5 safety tips

  1. Always remember that walking, driving or cycling along tramways is not permitted
  2. Stay alert. Trams are quiet, can move quickly, and take longer to stop than other road vehicles
  3. Always obey traffic lights and road signals
  4. When crossing the tracks on a bike, in a wheelchair, or with a pram, keep your wheels at right angles to the track so they don’t get stuck
  5. Pedestrians should cross at designated crossings and intersections where available, and always look both ways.

Pedestrians and bicycle riders can be particularly vulnerable around trams.

Safe walking tips

  • Take extra care around trams and tram tracks - remember trams can’t always see you
  • Don’t cross directly behind a tram as other road users may not be able to see you
  • Cross at designated pedestrian crossings where available
  • Don’t be distracted by mobile devices, and remove headphones before crossing the road
  • Always look out before you step out when crossing the road.

Safe cycling tips

  • Take extra care around trams and tram tracks - remember trams can’t always see you
  • Don’t cross directly behind a tram as other road users may not be able to see you
  • Don’t ride along the tram tracks
  • Make yourself visible by wearing bright, light or reflective clothing
  • Ride in a predictable manner so that other road users do not have to react suddenly to your movements
  • Give hand signals when changing lanes or turning left or right
  • Always follow the road rules and ride with care.