Guidelines for Pedestrians Pedestrians have to share the road with vehicles so it is important they take care when crossing the road. As a pedestrian, plan where you will walk and always choose the safest place to cross a road.


  • Stop, Look, Listen, Think Follow the safe road crossing procedure – STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK.
  • STOP one step back from the kerb or shoulder of the road if there is no footpath.
  • LOOK in all directions for approaching traffic.
  • LISTEN in all directions for approaching traffic.
  • THINK about whether it is safe to cross the road – when the road is clear or all traffic has stopped.
  • When crossing, walk straight across the road. Keep LOOKING and LISTENING for traffic while crossing.
  • This information is particularly relevant to young people learning to cross roads. But it also provides a useful reminder to everyone particularly to those who may be distracted when crossing the road.

Crossing the road

Follow the do's and don'ts below to make sure you cross the road safely.

Do look for a safe place to cross. Don't cross at a corner or bend in the road.
Do stop and wait near the edge of the path. If there is no path, stand close to the edge of the road. Don't cross near the brow of a hill.
Do look right and left and listen for traffic. Don't cross near or at parked vehicles.
Do let any traffic coming in either direction pass, then look right and left again. Don't cross where there are guard rails along the footpath.
Do walk briskly straight across the road when it is clear. Don't hold onto or climb onto moving vehicles.
Do continue to watch and listen for traffic while crossing. Don't run across the road.