How pedestrians can help themselves and others Travel Happy
There are some things pedestrians can do to help others share the road.
Be aware that road users might not be able to see you. Wear or carry something bright, particularly at night.
Be aware of turning vehicles
Take note of cars turning into the road you are crossing, even if you’re crossing on a green man.
Choosing a place to cross
Choose a location with good visibility: on a straight section of road, where you can see the oncoming traffic and drivers can see you. Using a pedestrian crossing, traffic signal or pedestrian refuge is ideal.
Stay alert by keeping your eyes on the street and off mobile devices. Unplug your headphones so you're aware of what's going on around you, particularly when crossing the road.
A friendly wave is a simple and effective way to make connections on the road and say thanks.
How other road users can help pedestrians Travel Happy
Low speed is safe speed
Stay within the speed limit and be extra careful in areas of high pedestrian activity. Slower speeds give you more time to observe and react.
Be sure to give way at pedestrian crossings, particularly when turning left or right through an intersection.
When turning left or right into any road, drivers and bike riders must give way to pedestrians. This includes slip lanes. Always be aware of crossing pedestrians and patiently give them time to cross.
Pedestrians can sometimes appear suddenly from between parked cars. Go slow and take extra care in busy areas like shopping strips.
Make sure your vehicle comes to a complete stop behind the tram to allow passengers to safely get on and off at a tram stop.
Sharing is caring
On shared paths, bike riders must give way to pedestrians. Slow down, let them know you’re there and pass by with plenty of room.
Sometimes road users just don’t see pedestrians, particularly at night – always be on high alert for travellers on foot.
How we can all Travel Happy
Add some happiness to your travels with these travel happy tips.
Share the road
With a little care and patience, there is enough room on our roads to accommodate all modes of transport.
Enjoy the journey
Savour the sights, the company or some quality time to yourself while travelling.
Leave with plenty of travel time up your sleeve to avoid getting impatient. Rushing doesn't usually save much time anyway.
Eat before you leave, or pack a snack, to maintain your energy levels.
Did you know close to 80% of the human brain is water? Stay sharp by taking regular sips of H2O.
Anger can lead to dangerous behaviour on the road. Stay calm to help stop tension escalating.
Keep well rested
Fatigue affects concentration and decision making skills, so try to be well rested before you travel.
Be in your right mind
However you choose to travel, stay focussed on the road by taking alcohol and drugs out of the equation.
Friends of Travel Happy
Thank you to our pedestrian ambassador Mick Malthouse who has helped to make Travel Happy possible. Together, we're working towards making Victorian roads a safer and happier place for everyone.