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Sharing the road with pedestrians

A pedestrian is someone who is walking or running, or using a:

  • wheeled recreational device—such as rollerblades, skateboards, roller skates and motorised foot scooters.
  • personal mobility device - such as a Segway-like device. They must be self-balancing while in use, have two wheels that operate on a single axis, not reach more than 20km/h and have a control that limits the vehicles speed to 12km/h or less.
  • motorised mobility device - such as wheelchairs, motorised mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs.

When driving or riding in Queensland, you must:

  • give way to pedestrians on or entering children’s, pedestrian or marked foot crossings
  • give way to pedestrians on or entering a road you’re turning into
  • give way to pedestrians in a shared zone or slip lane
  • travel at a speed allowing you to stop safely at a crossing if needed
  • prepare to stop if you see another vehicle or bicycle stop, or slow down near a crossing.

You should also take care to:

  • travel carefully in areas with children—such as schools and playgrounds
  • allow more time for a person with a disability, or a senior pedestrian to cross the road
  • reduce your speed at night around entertainment venues where people gather.