Pedestrian safety treatments

Treatments and devices to improve safety for people with visual and physical disabilities

Audio tactile or walk push buttons

Audio tactile unitThese are designed to assist pedestrians with impaired vision or hearing in locating the push button and using the crossing safely. The WALK signal is an initial squeak followed by a rapid pulsing noise. The DON’T WALK signal is a beep sounding every two seconds.
Kerb ramps
Standard kerb ramp

Conforming to the Australian Standards for length and gradient, kerb ramps assist pedestrians by orienting the ramp grade in the direction of travel and aligning the ramps, with push button signals, on both sides of the road.

Microwave motion detectors
Microwave pedestrian detector

The detectors are mounted on the tops of poles at intersections to detect slow moving pedestrians and allow them to cross the road safely by delaying the change of traffic signals.

Painted medians
Walk through

These are wider sections painted on the centre of the road. They guide traffic in lanes and create a safe place for pedestrians or cyclists, to enable them to concentrate on crossing one direction of traffic at a time.

Tactile ground surface indicators
Tactile ground surface

The indicators are essentially differing ground surfaces, used to provide information about footpaths to vision impaired people through their sense of touch. They are detected either underfoot or via a walking cane. Changes in ground surface indicate the approach to a hazardous area such as a road or signal crossing and show the correct direction in which to proceed.

Pedestrian refuges

Pedestrian refugee

Pedestrian refuges are wider sections of the median strip where pedestrians or cyclists can stand, with relative safety, in the middle of the road. These refuges are installed where it is difficult for people to cross the full width of a busy road and make it possible to cross one stream of traffic at a time.

Pedestrian refuges:

  • may be walkthroughs, having a walkway cut through them and handrails constructed to further ensure the safety of people crossing roads
  • can be either a solid raised median, a small traffic island or a painted median
  • may have ramps at the kerbs on both sides of the road
  • may have white handrails with red reflective strips in the cut-out section of the solid
  • may have kerb ramps if they are raised medians.

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Community Consultation Open - South Australia’s Road Safety Strategy to 2031

13 Oct 2020

The South Australian Government is developing a new strategy for the next ten years: South Australia’s Road Safety Strategy to 2031.


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All cars with “critical” defective Takata airbags to be refused registration in South Australia

07 Aug 2020

All remaining cars fitted with a critical defective Takata type airbag inflator will now be refused registration in South Australia from Monday, 10 August until they are rectified, to ensure the safety of all road users.


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Road safety works

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Heysen Tunnels maintenance works

06 Oct 2020

Motorists are advised of upcoming partial closures of the Heysen Tunnels to allow for essential safety maintenance works.


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McIntyre Road night works

17 Feb 2020

Works to improve ride quality will be undertaken on McIntyre Road between The Golden Way and Wright Road, commencing each night from 7pm, Tuesday, 18 February to 6am, Friday, 6 March, weather permitting.


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