Pedestrians and motorised wheelchairs
Pedestrians can be of any age and include people walking, running, disabled or using a motorised wheelchair (i.e mobility scooter or “gopher”). 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.
As a pedestrian you can stay safe by:
- Using signalised crossing points
- Using zebra crossings when there is one available
- Using pedestrian refuges
- Standing back from the kerb until it is safe to cross
- Holding the hand of young children
- Planning a trip that allows you to use footpaths and shared paths.
Some of Federation Council's paths are shared paths. 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.
In conjunction with Roads and Maritime, under the Local Government Road Safety Program, Federation Council hosts a series of 65 Plus Workshops annually to promote safe pedestrian behaviour, mobility options (including motorised wheelchair), clarify user responsibilities and increase knowledge of current road rules.