Our bodies are fragile. The strongest body cannot withstand the impact of road trauma, even at relatively low speeds. Above 30km/h the risk of death or injury rises rapidly; this risk increases by 400% at just 50km/h. Children are even more vulnerable, so they need to be supervised around roads at all times. People using motorised mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs are considered pedestrians too.
How we’re making roads safer for pedestrians
We’re putting $100 million into separate paths and bike lanes for pedestrians and cyclists. People will also have more kerb outstands, mid-block refuges and raised pedestrian crossings when walking in busy areas. In areas like shopping centres and public transport hubs, we’re making efforts to calm down traffic to keep people safe.
What you can do if you’re walking
Most pedestrian deaths occur at busy intersections in built-up areas where there are no traffic lights. There are some simple steps you can take that could save your life.
- Make sure you're visible on the road. While Victorians love dark clothing, brighter clothing makes it easier for others to see you. When pedestrians are hit it is often because they aren’t seen
- When crossing the road, take the shortest, direct route and use a designated pedestrian crossing wherever possible
- Remember that rushing can be fatal, especially for pedestrians, so always obey traffic signals even when you're in a hurry
- When crossing the road or getting off a tram, unplug your earphones and look up from mobile devices.