Children as Road Users


Children’s vulnerability as road users is centred around their cognitive and perceptual abilities which are not fully developed until young adulthood.
years

or younger children are recommended to be supervised by adults while riding bicycles.

km/h

is the maximum speed limit of the road for any rollerskater, rollerblader and skateboarder to use a safe road*

Children are at risk on the roads because they:

  • are small and can’t see over parked cars and can’t be seen easily by drivers.
  • are energetic and have trouble stopping at corners.
  • have difficulty telling which direction the where sounds are coming from.
  • have trouble judging the speed of cars reliably.
  • tend to focus on what is in front of them.
  • may behave differently when they are out with other children, forgetting about traffic.
  • may freeze if they find themselves in the path of a car, rather than jump out of the way.
  • require specially fitted restraints which must be altered as they grow.

Driveway safety

One child is run over in the driveway of his or her own home every week in Australia.
More than 33% of children aged under 6 killed in crashes were killed ‘off road’ in yards, car parks and driveways.
It is recommended that children are always supervised, and not left alone to play, especially when they are near parked or moving cars.
Hold their hands or hold them close to keep them safe. Make access to the driveway from the house difficult for young children.

Children on wheels


Bicycles:
It is legal in Western Australia for people of all ages to ride on the footpath, but it is important to be aware that driveways are dangerous.
Children under the age of 10 should ride under the supervision of adults.

Most cycling injuries occur on public roads and when children fall off their bikes. 
Everyone must wear approved cycling helmets that meet Australian standards and fit correctly at all times while riding.
Scooters, skateboards and other wheeled devices
Roller skaters, skateboarders and scooter riders are legally allowed to use footpaths and shared paths. They must keep to the left and give way to pedestrians.

Scooters, rollerbladers, inline-skaters and skateboarders can use roads but only in daylight hours on local roads that do not have white lines or median islands and which have speed limits of 50 km/h or less. These road users must keep to the left.

Helmets are recommended for the safety of roller skaters, skateboarders and scooter riders.