Pedestrian Safety

‘Take a Look Around’ Ballad Rap

Have you seen our ballad-rap…?

Let us introduce you to Ballad guy and Rapper girl…they are here to tell you to stop and "Take a look Around" because if you don’t stop being distracted by looking at your phones and taking risks out on our busy roads, then you will "end up dead"!!!



People put themselves at unnecessary risk on North Sydney’s roads and taking risks and being distracted on our busy roads can be very dangerous and deadly.

It’s a serious message, using humour through a music video that we hope will resonate with you and stay with you long time!

There is only one ‘hit’ we want to see in North Sydney – so put the phone down, cross at a crossing, step away from the curb…and "Take a Look Around".

You all matter. Stay safe. Look Around.


In North Sydney between 2013-2017:

  • there were pedestrian casualties across all age groups
  • 48% of all pedestrian casualties were seriously injured
  • there were 4 pedestrian fatalities
  • the highest percentage of all pedestrian casualties were represented by the 30-39-year age category with 20%
  • 17-49 year-olds represented over 61% of all pedestrian casualties
  • Females were slightly more representative with almost 68% of all casualties

Source: Transport for NSW, Centre for Road Safety.


Need more information?

Contact Council’s Road Safety Officer on 9936 8246


Safety tips for pedestrians

  • Avoid using mobile phones or music players.
  • Cross at marked crossings or traffic lights.
  • If you have to walk or run on the road, do so in the direction of oncoming traffic so you are more visible.
  • At traffic lights cross only when the pedestrian signal is green. Do not start to cross when the red light flashes.
  • Before you cross a road, think about whether a driver can see you.
  • Never assume a vehicle will stop for you.
  • Avoid crossing between parked cars or in front of buses.
  • Children eight years and under should hold an adult's hand at all times.
  • Children ten years and under should hold an adult's hand when crossing the road.
  • Wear bright or light coloured clothing at night or in reduced visibility conditions.


Safety tips for drivers

  • You must give way to pedestrians crossing the road if you are in danger of colliding with them, even if there is no marked pedestrian crossing.
  • Slow down on roads where there are likely to be pedestrians.
  • Never assume a pedestrian has seen you and will wait for you to go past.
  • Older pedestrians may need longer to cross.
  • Children are difficult to see and may act unpredictably.