Road and cycle safety
Road and Cycle Safety is a priority for Inner West Council. We work in partnership with other organisations to provide education and programs on Road and Cycle safety issues.
Child Car Restraints
Inner West Council in cooperation with the RMS provides regular FREE child restraint checks by RMS Authorised Restraint Fitters to ensure that our youngest residents are correctly secured in car restraints.
The next free Child Restraint Safety Check sessions are listed below with the relevant contact details. Bookings are essential.
- Tuesday 26 February 2019 - 10am to 1pm MarketPlace Car Park, Leichhardt
- Tuesday 16 April 2019 - 10am to 1pm MarketPlace Car Park, Leichhardt
- Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 9392 5646
If you do not live in the Inner West Council area, find your nearest RMS approved restraint fitting station at the RMS website
Inner West Council and the RMS, conduct young driver workshops to help parents teach their learner drivers to be safer drivers.
These free workshops will teach parents and supervisors how to plan learner driving lessons, use the learner driver log book and give learners constructive feedback. It also gives parents and supervisors an opportunity to share their experiences with each other.
The next free Young Driver Workshops are listed below with the relevant contact details. Bookings are essential.
- Tuesday 7 May 2019 - 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Petersham Service Centre (Level 3 function room),
2-14 Fisher Street, Petersham
Bookings: email@example.com or phone 9335 2213.
- Monday 18 February 2019 - 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Leichhardt Town Hall Supper Room (1st Floor),
Corner Marion and Norton Street, Leichhardt (Marion Street Entrance)
Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 93925646
Cycle safety is important to avoid dangerous situation on the road. Cyclists can ride on any road as long as they obey the road rules. Here are some tips for staying safe:
- Wear a helmet correctly
- Fit your bike with a bell or warning device and reflectors (white for the front and red at rear)
- Use headlight and taillight for night time riding
- Wear reflective clothing so you can be easily seen by motorists and pedestrians.
There are a number of marked bicycle routes in the area for on-road cycling. These are recommended routes. A number of off-road cycle routes also exist.
Visit the Cycling Routes page of our website for more information. (Leichhardt and Marrickville)
Share the Path
Share the Path is a campaign to educate and increase awareness of safe and responsible riding and walking on shared paths.
Share the Path team members will be available at selected shared paths around the community to educate and increase awareness about important shared path behaviour such as:
- Considering other path users
- Keeping left unless overtaking
- Riding at an appropriate speed
- Ringing the bell when passing other users
- Moving off the path if stopped
Future dates will be posted once finalised.
Slow Down in My Street
Council has been arranging a “Slow Down in My Street” sticker to be placed on your wheelie bins in order to bring drivers’ attention to road safety.
In NSW speeding is a factor in about 40% of road deaths. Speed is also the highest identifiable factor in crashes within the Leichhardt local government area. So we are encouraging drivers in your area to slow down when driving on your local streets. With the wheelie bins lining up on collection day, drivers will be alerted to the campaign message and Slow Down.
If you would like a sticker on your bin, please email Council's Road Safety officer, Chris Johnson at email@example.com
By working together on this campaign, the local community, Police and Council can deliver a strong message to passing drivers that speeding is not acceptable on our streets.
‘Slow Down in My Street’ is a local road safety project jointly funded by Leichhardt Council, and the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS), with support from NSW Police.
School zones are a priority area for Council and a number of actions have been implemented to educate and improve safety around school areas. School, children particularly of primary age, can be less visible to motorists and therefore more vulnerable.
Council has been a supporter of walk to school programs for a number of years. These programs have a particular emphasis on road safety and how the risks of road crossings can be minimised.|
Safety Tips for School Drop-off and pick-up by car
- Make sure your children are in appropriate child car seats that are fitted and used correctly.
- Stick to the 40km/h speed limit in a school zone as children are about and can be unpredictable.
- Look out for buses pulling out – watch for wig-wag lights.
- Always park and turn legally around schools and avoid dangerous manoeuvres like U-turns and three-point turns.
- Always give way to pedestrians, especially when entering and leaving driveways.
- Drop the kids off and pick them up on the school side of the road in your school's designated drop-off and pick-up area. Calling out to them from across the road is dangerous because they may run to you without checking traffic.
- It's safest for the kids to get out of the car on the kerb side of the road to be away from passing traffic.
Safety tips for walking together to and from school
- Plan your trip to school so you are using pedestrian crossing areas where possible.
- Always hold your child's hand up until the age of eight. Young children need your help to spot danger like vehicles coming out of driveways. They can also be easily distracted and wander into traffic.
- Drop off and pick up your child near the school gate and avoid calling them from across the road. Talk to your children about Stop, Look, Listen and Think every time they cross the road:
- Stop one step back from the kerb
- Look for traffic to your right left and right again
- Listen for the sounds of approaching traffic
- Think whether it is safe to cross
- School flashing lights and 40km/h school zones
- School zone flashing lights provide an important warning to motorists that they are entering a 40km/h school zone. This lower speed limit reduces the risk and potential severity of a crash. The NSW Government has ensured that every school in NSW has at least one set of school zone flashing lights.
School Crossing Supervisor Program
A school crossing supervisor stops traffic to allow two schoolboys to cross the road safely.
The School Crossing Supervisor Program is a state-wide program that contributes to the safety of infants and primary school students.
School crossing supervisors help students use the crossings on roads adjacent to or nearby schools. School crossing supervisors are provided where transport authority guidelines and criteria are met. The School Crossing Supervisors program is an important component of the Safety Around Schools program.
How to apply for a school crossing supervisor
Transport authorities assess sites to determine their eligibility for a school crossing supervisor. Requests for a school crossing supervisor need to be submitted in writing to Roads and Maritime Services by school principals. The Request for a School Crossing Supervisor Form can be found on the NSW Transport website and must to be signed by the principal and include details of the crossing being nominated for a supervisor.
Radar Speed Displays
Radar Speed Displays are a Local Government safety initiative which work by displaying a car's speed to the motorist and indicating to them when they are exceeding the speed limit.
These are not enforcement devices.
Inner West Council has a number of fixed radar speed displays and rotate these fixed radar speed displays throughout the municipality to assist in reducing vehicular speeds and to improve awareness of speeding.
According to studies undertaken, radar speed displays have proven to slow down traffic, even years after the initial installation.