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Pedestrians and Motorised Wheelchairs

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Walking Safely

It's easy to become complacent about safety, especially when you're walking along a familiar route. However, the results of not concentrating on your safety and the safety of other road users can be deadly. Pedestrians and drivers alike need to be alert to potential hazards at all times. 

 With 61 pedestrian related crashes in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area from 2011 - 2015, there is significant room to improve our pedestrian road safety. Therefore, Council is progressively implementing footpaths and crossings in appropriate locations where funding permits, to improve pedestrian infrastructure and we ask you to help us by practicing safe pedestrian behaviour.

Been Drinking as a Pedestrian?

Alcohol can affect your judgement and response times. You are at a greater risk of being involved in a crash if you've been drinking. Most alcohol related casualties happen in the late evening or early morning hours.

It's important that before you go out, you don't drive and plan how to get home - even walking can be dangerous! Pedestrian crossings should be used where available. Always make sure you cross the road in well lit areas. Check out the RMS' Look Out Before You Step Out and Plan B campaigns.

Motorised Wheelchairs

Motorised wheelchairs are mobility aids which have a maximum speed of 10km/hr. Important information:

  • Motorised wheelchairs are designed to transport people who are unable or have difficulty walking
  • Motorised wheelchairs do not require registration or third party insurance in NSW
  • You don't need a drivers licence to use a motorised wheelchair in NSW
  • Motorised wheelchairs are classified as pedestrian and must comply with the requirements of the NSW Road Rules
  • Motorised wheelchairs can be used on a footpath, nature strip and shared path. Use is not encouraged on Port Macquarie-Hastings bike lanes which are on the road.
Pedestrian Safety Tips

Before crossing the road

  • Look out before you cross even if you have right of way
  • Avoid headphone and phone use while walking
  • Never assume an approaching driver / rider will stop for you
  • Do not cross from behind a parked vehicle
  • Wear clearly visible clothing when crossing the road at night

When crossing the road

  • Always use pedestrian crossings and refuges where they are available
  • Always hold the hand of children when crossing the road

This page was last updated on: 05 October 2018