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Pedestrian Safety on the Road

1. Staying Safe 2. Road Safety for Drivers 3. Road Safety for Pedestrians

3. Advice for pedestrians


Teaching your children about road safety

Your child's best road safety teacher is you because basic road safety can only be taught in the street. Your child is out and about with you and it's your example he or she follows, good or bad.

Please don't wait for the school to teach road safety. It's your responsibility as a parent to give your child the basic skills. You can order free resources from the THINK! shop.

The THINK! Education website contains great advice on how to teach your child to cross the road safely, including information about pedestrian crossings and crossing between parked cars. It also provides information and advice on other areas of road safety for children of primary school age.


Mobile phones and headphones

Avoid using your mobile phone or headphones when crossing the road as they can be a distraction and prevent you hearing oncoming traffic.

Green Cross Code:

1. Think

Find a safe place to cross the road. Where possible cross at a:

  • Subway
  • Footbridge
  • Zebra Crossing
  • Traffic Island
  • Crossing point controlled by a police officer, school crossing patrol, lollipop lady or traffic warden
  • Pelican crossing, puffin crossing or toucan crossing

NEVER cross:

  • Close to the brow of a hill
  • Between parked cars
  • On a blind bend

If you can’t see a crossing, remember to cross where you can see in all directions and where drivers will see you.

2. Stop

  • Just before you get to the kerb, stop.
  • Stand on the pavement near the kerb and make sure that you can see the traffic. DO NOT step on to the road.

3. Look

  • Look all around you for traffic. Make sure that you listen carefully for traffic that you can’t see.
  • Check to your right hand side first, then check to your left and then to your right again before you cross.
  • Beware that some roads, called one way streets, have all of the traffic moving in the same direction.
  • Watch out for bicycles or people on roller blades. You often don’t hear them but they travel very fast.

4. Wait

  • If traffic is coming, let it pass.
  • If you are waiting at a crossing then wait until the cars have stopped or, at pelican, toucan, puffin or Pegasus crossings, the green man shows, before you cross.
  • If you are not at a crossing wait until it is safe to cross.
  • Once the traffic has passed look around again and listen.

5. Look and listen again

When it is safe and there is no traffic, walk straight across the road.

Keep looking and listening while you cross the road. Watch out for cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders. Always walk straight across the road, DO NOT walk diagonally.
NEVER run across the road because you might fall over and you might not get up in time.

6. Arrive alive

Look and keep looking while you cross the road.

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