Pedestrians can be of any age and include people walking, running, disabled or using a motorised wheelchair. Pedestrians can also be young children using wheeled toys and recreational devices. At times, pedestrians can be unpredictable and difficult to see particularly in congested areas and before and after events that attract large crowds.
There are more than 1500 pedestrians hit on NSW every year. Even if you are familiar with a section of road it is important that you always look out before you step out and choose the safest place to cross.
As a pedestrian you can stay safe by:
- Using signalised crossing points
- Using zebra crossings when there is one available
- Using pedestrian refuges and pedestrian overpasses
- Standing back from the kerb until it is safe to cross
- Walking against traffic if there is no footpath available
- Holding the hand of young children
- Wearing bright or light coloured clothing
- Wearing a head torch or light when walking during dawn or dusk or reduced visibility conditions
- Planning a trip that allows you to use footpaths and shared paths.
Many of Albury's paths are Shared paths (greater than 2 meters in width). This means that both pedestrians and cyclists can use a path. A shared path is marked with signage indicating a cyclist or pedestrian may utilise a section. The signage is black and white.
It is important that you consider the following:
- Move off the path if you are stopped
- Walk your dog on its leash
- Be listening for passers-by
- When cycling or running, warn others by calling out or ringing your bell if you wish to pass