Pedestrians accounted for 5.4% of ACT casualties in 2010. Of these pedestrian casualties, 44% were less than 25 years old. Although it is not currently reflected in ACT crash statistics, older pedestrian safety is likely to become an emerging issue as the ACT population ages.
Existing ACT engineering programs are used to improve pedestrian facilities. Roads ACT liaises closely with the pedestrian groups in relation to these programs.
There is also scope for specific countermeasures, including awareness campaigns, addressing specific issues of concern to pedestrians.
Road safety issues for pedestrians also need to be seen in the context of the significant health benefits from encouraging greater physical activity in the community.
Hints for Pedestrians and Drivers:
- All pedestrians should cross the road at traffic lights, marked crossings or at pedestrian refuges if they are available. Parents or carers should hold the hands of young children when near traffic.
- Both pedestrians and drivers should take extra care at night. Pedestrians should wear something light in colour or reflective.
- Drivers and pedestrians should never assume that the other has seen them.
- Pedestrians should not assume that a driver has seen them or will stop for them.
- Drivers should take care and never assume that a pedestrian has seen them.
- Drivers should be especially prepared for pedestrians near schools, shops and car parks or where special events are occurring.
- Drivers turning at an intersection must give way to pedestrians.
The following links provide some useful pedestrian information: