Heads up! Play it safe around Sydney Light Rail

14 February 2020

With cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and trams interacting in the same space, it’s important that everyone stays safe.

Whether you’re walking, riding or driving, avoid distractions and ensure you are aware of your surroundings. Remember that traffic conditions may have changed so make sure you follow traffic signals.

Safety tips for cyclists

  • Ride straight over the tracks. If you can’t cross straight over, it’s always safer to dismount
  • Do not ride along the tracks
  • Use the shared pathways where possible
  • Tracks can be slippery when wet

Safety tips for pedestrians 

  • Before crossing the road look left and right, check twice for trams
  • Always use designated crossings around light rail
  • Ditch the distractions such as mobile phones, and stay alert to your surroundings
  • Step over the tracks as they can be slippery, especially when wet
  • People with prams and in wheelchairs, cross tracks on an angle to avoid wheels getting stuck in the tracks  

Safety tips for drivers

  • Vehicles are not permitted to drive along the tram tracks
  • Never queue across intersections
  • Be aware that road conditions have changed
  • Follow traffic signals and never turn in front of a tram
  • Don’t stop or park within the tram lane (even when you can’t see a tram)

Safety tips for heavy vehicles 

  • Do not park or stop vehicles on the tram tracks; including the pedestrianised stretch of George Street, between Hunter and Bathurst Streets
  • Look for overhead wire height restrictions. A general restriction of 4.6 metres is in place, excluding Eddy Avenue in the CBD which is lower at 3.6 metres
  • Don’t queue across intersections
  • Be aware that road conditions have changed
  • Follow traffic signals and never turn in front of a tram

Visit the Sydney Light Rail safety page for more.