Walking is an easy, healthy and safe way to get around. There are a number of tips you can follow to keep it that way.

When out walking:

  • Use pedestrian crossings or cross at traffic signals.
  • Stop and check at every driveway.
  • Walk on the footpath, close to the houses and away from the road.
  • Hold hands if walking with a young child near roads or in carparks.

If there is no pedestrian crossing, be patient and cross the road only when it’s safe to do so. It takes time for a vehicle to stop.

Teach your children the kerb drill:

  1. Stop one step back from the kerb.
  2. Look and listen for traffic coming from all directions.
  3. If there is traffic coming, wait until it has passed and then look and listen for traffic again.
  4. If there is no traffic coming, walk quickly straight across the road.
  5. While crossing, look and listen for traffic, wherever it may come from.

The official New Zealand road code has more tips on how to stay safe.

Using kick scooters, skateboards and skates

If you use scooters, skateboards and inline skates on the footpath, you are still classified as a pedestrian.

Read scooter safety tips

Useful resources for parents

Road Safety Resources for School Communities