The UK has one of the best road safety records in the world, but some of the most vulnerable road users include cyclists, older or disabled people and pedestrians - especially children.
For this reason, it is important that everyone is aware of, and adheres to, the Highway Code. This applies to pedestrians just as much as it does to drivers and other road users.
Follow the link below for detailed government guidance on the Highway Code for pedestrians:
Parents and carers play a vital part in keeping children safe on the roads. One of the best ways to do this is to learn the Green Cross Code, and use it with your children whilst using the road.
1. First find the safest place to cross
If possible, cross the road at: subways, footbridges, traffic islands, zebra, pelican, puffin or toucan
crossings, or where there is a crossing point controlled by a police officer, a school crossing patrol
or a traffic warden. Otherwise, choose a place where you can see clearly in all directions, and
where drivers can see you.
Try to avoid crossing between parked cars and on sharp bends or close to the top of a hill.
Move to a space where drivers and riders can see you clearly.
There should be space to reach the pavement on the other side.
2. Stop just before you get the kerb
Do not get too close to the traffic. If there is no pavement, keep back from the edge of the road but make sure you can still see approaching traffic.
Give yourself lots of time to have a good look all around.
3. Look all around for traffic and listen
Look all around for traffic and listen.
Look in every direction.
Listen carefully because you can sometimes hear traffic before you can see it.
4. If traffic is coming, let it pass
Look all around again and listen.
Do not cross until there is a safe gap in the traffic and you are certain that there is plenty of time.
Remember, even if traffic is a long way off, it may be approaching very quickly.
5. When it is safe, go straight across the road – do not run
Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross, in case there is any traffic
you did not see, or in case other traffic appears suddenly.
Look out for cyclists and motorcyclists travelling between lanes of traffic.
Do not cross diagonally.