Distracted…? Pedestrian Safety
Northern Sydney councils have again joined together on the Distracted…? pedestrian safety campaign.
Lane Cove Council along with Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai, Manly, Mosman, North Sydney, Pittwater, Ryde, Warringah and Willoughby, in conjunction with Roads & Maritime Services, are working to make pedestrians more aware of the dangers of distraction while using mobile devices when they are out and about.
As pedestrians, we become more vulnerable when stepping out from the kerb if our head space is occupied with music and mobile phones because they limit hearing and reduce concentration and reaction times.
In 2014 there were 158 pedestrian casualties reported across the 10 northern Sydney councils, with 2 fatalities.
In Lane Cove Council in 2014:
- There were 5 crashes involving pedestrians resulting in 5 pedestrian casualties.
- Pedestrians made up 7.7% of all casualties and were involved in 3.5% of all crashes.
- The percentage of pedestrian casualties (7.7%) has remained constant from 2013 to 2014
- The most highly represented demographics of pedestrian casualties are children under 16 and women aged 70 and over.
- The majority of crashes occurred on weekdays between 9am and 3pm when pedestrian activity is high with people travelling to and from school, work and shopping centres.
7 Pedestrian Safety Tips
Head up. Phone down
- Don't walk and text
- Be especially aware in heavily trafficked areas
- If you do need to text, move to one side of the footpath, stop, then text.
- Always use pedestrian crossings, if available
- Never assume an approaching driver can see you or will stop
- At intersections, check for turning vehicles before you leave the kerb.
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