The amount of traffic on our roads makes it
difficult for pedestrians to cross them safely.
Knowing and applying the rules for safe travel on or near the roads
is a responsibility we all share.
The Green Cross Code may be thought of as a child's tool to cross
the road safely but it applies to all ages.
In 2011 nearly 5,907 pedestrians were killed or seriously
injured and a further 20,291 slightly injured in Great Britain. The
distractions of every day life can have dire consequences when we
cross the road but a few simple things can get us across
- Don't cross and text
- Don't cross and talk on a mobile
- Stop at the kerb
- Look all around
- Listen (take the ear phones out)
- Cross in a straight line
- Keep aware all the time you are crossing.
There is evidence to show the effects of
ageing cause deterioration in the skills necessary for us to
continue as safe road users.
- Pedestrians age 60-69 are twice as likely to be killed on the
roads as other adults on foot are
- Pedestrians age 70-79 are 3 times more likely to be
- Male pedestrians age 80 + are 4 times more likely to
- Female pedestrians age 80+ are 11 times more likely
to be killed
- Almost 95% of all older pedestrian casualties are in urban
areas where houses and shops are located.
- Whilst most remain active and independent in later years, older
pedestrians become less aware of their limitations or what they can
do to remedy these problems.
What can older pedestrians do ?
Try putting into practice the principles of
- Avoid rush hours and avoid going out when it is dark or in bad
- Choose the safest time possible for your journey
- Plan the journey and cut down the number of times you have to
cross the road
- Wear bright clothing so that you can easily be seen
- Look for the safest place to cross and if
possible use a protected crossing, Pelican, Zebra, footbridge
- Cross where you have a good view of traffic. Cross with a group
of people if you can
- Carefully check the speed of approaching vehicles. If in doubt
do not cross
- Even if the speed limit is 30mph, cars may be going much
- Check for vehicles which may turn unexpectedly towards you
- Will a stationary car move off? Is it a one way street? Are any
cars signalling or slowing down to turn in front of you?
- Check that the driver is doing what you expect them to do
- Do parked cars make it hard for you to be seen? Try making eye
contact with the driver. At night cross near a streetlight
and wear something reflective
- Poor eyesight can cause the older road user to be involved in
collisions. Road users need to see as well as be seen
Bedford Borough Council Road Safety