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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Southern Expressway Community Safety Initiatives

11 Dec 2018

The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.


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Cars with defective Takata ‘Alpha’ type airbag inflators to be refused registration in South Australia from 1 November 2018

08 Sep 2018

The South Australian Registrar of Motor Vehicles will refuse the registration of light vehicles fitted with defective Takata ‘Alpha’ type airbag inflators from 1 November 2018 until they are rectified to ensure the safety of all road users.


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Road safety works

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Temporary closure of South Road (northbound) from Friday 5 October

28 Sep 2018

The lowered motorway constructed as part of the $801 million Torrens Road to River Torrens Project Torrens will be opened to traffic on Saturday 29 September.


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Safety improvements to the Main North Road intersection with Dalkeith Road and Smith Road

04 Sep 2018

Preliminary works for the upgrade of the Main North Road intersection with Dalkeith Road and Smith Road are currently underway, with Telstra early works to commence from Wednesday 5 September.


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