Walking to school safely
Never too old to be safe
Pedestrians and drivers have a shared responsibility on and near roads and need to look after each other.
Staying safe while out walking
- plan your walking routes
- avoid busy roads, if possible
- choose a place to cross the road where you can clearly see it is safe to cross
- walk the extra distance to use a pedestrian crossing, traffic island, pedestrian lights or overhead bridge, if available
- walk on the far right-hand side of the road facing oncoming traffic, when there is no footpath.
Before you cross the road:
- unplug your earphones and put away your phone
- avoid crossing between parked cars or at the front or back of buses and large vehicles
- at intersections, check for turning vehicles before you leave the kerb
- look out before you step out.
Using pedestrians crossings
- stop at the kerb until cars have completely stopped, as drivers don't always see you
- try and make eye contact with the driver before you cross, so you know they have seen you
- when safe, promptly walk across the road, continually scanning and listening for oncoming traffic.
Walking with friends
Help keep yourself and your friend safe by:
- focusing on your surroundings
- acting safely on and near roads.
Download the Walking to School Safely pdf to share with your school community
Visit Centre for Road Safety for more information.