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Centre for Road Safety

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

Be aware, cross with care

About 1000 pedestrians are hit on NSW roads each year. Even if you are familiar with the road, it’s vital to be aware and take an extra moment to look out before you step out, and to always choose the safest place and time to cross, and cross with care. 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. Pedestrians are vulnerable because they have no protection if they are involved in a crash. 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 Pedestrian Safety campaign aims to remind drivers and pedestrians to be aware of one another on the road. It reminds pedestrians to take extra precautions when crossing the road, and drivers to scan ahead and slow down for pedestrians.

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.

Find helpful information, tips and advice in our Pedestrian safety document (PDF, 203Kb).

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.