Rules for Drivers to Give Way to Pedestrians at Intersections

Living Streets wants greater emphasis to be given to keeping pedestrians and other vulnerable road users safe. 

In the first instance, we think the Road Code should treat pedestrians as it treats other road users at intersections (mode equality). This would mean that turning vehicles would give way to pedestrians walking straight through (see the diagram below).
This is already the law in Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA.

What you can do?  

Research on the area.


Feasibility of implementing European/ North American 'cross walk' laws in New Zealand C L McCrostie, University of Canterbury 2014


News Media on the Law change

World Health Organisation August 2014 Check List for Age Friendly Cities  see item 6

Herald on Sunday 16 December 2012 Friday is the most dangerous day for a stroll in the city

WTV Chinese 29 November 2012  行人車禍意外多 加強安全來保護

NZ Herald 28 November 2012  Call to give pedestrians right of way

 15 October 2012 Cycle Action Auckland are blogging about the change

Rules have changed to favour Pedestrians in France.

20 June 2012, Wellington.   Andy Smith and Mike Mellor meet with Simon Bridges Assoc Transport Minister, Iain Lees-Galoway Labour Tranport MP,  Automobile Association and Cycle Advocates Network.  All expressed support for this campaign.  Here is the ministerial briefing paper of that meeting.

TV One Breakfast Show, 10 April 2012 - Andy Smith (President) talks on proposed rule changes.

NZ Herald, 9 April 2012 - Pedestrian deaths have surged to an alarming level

Rotorua The Daily Post, 14 March 2012 - Walk to Work day fans asked to back law change

NZ Herald, 13 March 2012 -  NZ pedestrian safety below world standards, say activists

Document Type: 
Region (NZ): 

About Us

Living Streets Aotearoa is the New Zealand organisation for people on foot, promoting walking-friendly communities. We are a nationwide organisation with local branches and affiliates throughout New Zealand.

We want more people walking and enjoying public spaces be they young or old, fast or slow, whether walking, sitting, commuting, shopping, between appointments, or out on the streets for exercise, for leisure or for pleasure.

JOIN US and help with our campaigns