Pedestrians and motorised wheelchairs
Pedestrians can be of any age and include people;
- Walking or running,
- Pushing a bicycle,
- In a wheelchair,
- Using a mobility scooter (ie “gopher”) or motorised wheelchair; or
- Using a skateboard, foot scooter or rollerblades.
Pedestrians are vulnerable road users because they have no protection if a vehicle collides with them. As a driver, it’s your responsibility to help keep them safe. 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 Transport for NSW, under the Local Government Road Safety Program, from time to time Federation Council hosts a series of 65 Plus Workshops annually to promote safe pedestrian behaviour, mobility options (including motorised wheelchair), medical assessments to renew licence, clarify user responsibilities and increase knowledge of current road rules.