As a pedestrian, you interact with vehicles that can potentially be very dangerous.
With no protection, you are very vulnerable in a crash, so you need to make sure you stay smart and use paths and roads safely. Those who are particularly vulnerable are children under 14 years old, people older than 60 and those who have had too much to drink.
High Risk Pedestrians
Young children are higher risk pedestrians because of lack of experience and undeveloped skills needed to be safe road users. Adults should always accompany young children around traffic.
Adults older than 60 are also high risk pedestrians because of changes in their mobility and deteriorating eyesight and hearing which makes it harder for them to judge distances and the speed of traffic.
Many pedestrians, particularly in regional WA, are killed because they have had too much to drink. Like motorists and motorcyclists, a pedestrian's judgment is impaired after drinking and his or her reflexes are not as quick.
Motorised Wheelchairs and Mobility Devices
People with a physical disability who operate motorised wheelchairs or mobility devices* at or below the limit of 10km/h are classified as pedestrians.
In WA, a motorised wheelchair or mobility device must not be able to travel faster than 10 km/h.
Motorised wheelchair and mobility device users can ride on:
- shared paths
- the pedestrian section of a separated path
- in shopping centres
- in public places
- to cross roads
As a pedestrian, you can travel on the road provided:
- There is no suitable footpath or nature strip next to the road
- You must keep to the far right hand side of the road, facing the oncoming traffic
- You only travel one abreast of one other pedestrian, unless you are overtaking another pedestrian or in an authorised procession or parade
- You immediately move off the road when a vehicle approaches and stay off the road until it passes
On footpaths, shared paths and the pedestrian section of a separated footpath:
- Keep to the left of the footpath, unless overtaking a pedestrian
- Beware of vehicles reversing out of driveways
- Show consideration of other pedestrians, particularly older people or those with a vision or hearing impairment
- Travel at the same speed as those around you, as you may pose a risk to other pedestrians (e.g. in shopping centres)
If your motorised wheelchair or mobility device is capable of exceeding 10 km/h, it must be registered as a vehicle before it can be used on a public road.
*Mobility devices, also commonly known as gophers or mobility scooters, are classified as Motorised Wheelchairs under the Road Traffic Code 2000.