Pedestrian safety

Sometimes young people forget good habits they learned as a child. The Green Cross Code may seem a little childish for an adolescent, but every week young pedestrians are knocked down and killed or seriously injured. The Green Cross Code still has good advice for safely crossing the road.

The Green Cross Code

  1. First find the safest place to cross
    • If possible, cross the road at: subways, footbridges, islands, zebra, puffin, pelican or toucan crossings, or where there is a crossing point controlled by a police officer, a school crossing patrol or a traffic warden.
    • Otherwise, choose a place where you can see clearly in all directions, and where drivers can see you.
    • Try to avoid crossing between parked cars and on sharp bends or close to the top of a hill. Move to a space where drivers and riders can see you clearly.
    • There should be space to reach the pavement on the other side.
  2. Stop just before you get to the kerb
    • Do not get too close to the traffic. Keep back from the edge of the road but make sure you can still see approaching traffic.
    • Give yourself lots of time to have a good look all around.
  3. Look all around for traffic and listen
    • Look all around for traffic and listen.
    • Look in every direction.
    • Listen carefully as you can sometimes hear traffic before you can see it.
  4. If traffic is coming, let it pass
    • Look all around again and listen.
    • Do not cross until there is a safe gap in the traffic and you are certain that there is plenty of time.
    • Remember, even if traffic is a long way off, it may be approaching very quickly.
  5. When it is safe, walk straight across the road, do not run
    • Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross, in case there is any traffic you did not see, or in case other traffic appears suddenly.
    • Look out for cyclists and motorcyclists travelling between lanes of traffic.
    • Do not cross diagonally.

How can I help my son to cross more safely?

Set a good example. Use the Green Cross Code yourself. Use pedestrian crossings even if it involves a small detour. Talk to him about the importance of not using a mobile phone, texting or listening to headphones while crossing the road and make sure you practise these good habits yourself.