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How bus passengers and other road users around them can Share the Road

Getting on and off the bus

Stand back from the road while waiting for the bus. When you're getting off, don't try to cross the road in front or behind the bus. Wait until the bus has left so you can see any traffic and they can see you.

Giving way

When you're on the road, you need to give way to any bus with the 'Give Way To Buses' sign that's signalling that it's pulling out from the kerb or changing lanes.

Safe stopping distance

Buses need a lot more space on the road to stop safely. That's why it's important that you never cut into the gap a bus has left between itself and the vehicle ahead of them.

Cyclists in bus lanes

Cyclists can ride in a bus lane if the signs at the start of the lane show it's okay

Blind spots

Always keep in mind that if you can't see the bus driver in their external mirrors, they can't see you. So try not to ride or drive in the blind spots at the sides and rear of a bus.

How tram passengers and other road users around them can Share the Road

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Travelling on a tram

When you board your tram, take a seat when there's one available. Sudden stops are sometimes necessary and always unpredictable. If you do need to stand, make sure you hold on at all times.

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Getting off a tram

If you need to cross lanes of traffic at your stop, remember to check for traffic before stepping off the tram. If the road is clear, cross to the nearest footpath. Don't stay on the road for longer than necessary.

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Walking near tram tracks

When walking near tram tracks, keep your wits about you and don't get distracted by your phone. A tram weighs as much as 30 rhinos so it takes time to stop. Make eye contact with the driver of any approaching trams to make sure they see you.

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Driving near tram stops

Be extra careful when driving near tram stops. As a general rule, if they stop, so do you. For kerb side tram stops, you must stop at the rear of the tram until the doors close and the road is free of pedestrians. If a tram stops but the doors don't open, drive past the tram staying below 10km/h.

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Driving with trams

On average there are three accidents between cars and trams every day. So, when driving near trams, never cross their path and always check before turning. To keep a safe distance, stay outside the yellow line or raised dividing strip near the tram tracks.

How pedestrians at railway crossings can Share the Road

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Unplug and tune in

Take your headphones off or pause your music when you approach a railway crossing so you can hear any warnings that may affect you.

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Don't push your luck

Pedestrians represent more than 60% of all Australian railway crossing fatalities. Be aware whenever you approach a railway crossing; be patient and look both ways. Never cross when a train is approaching and never ignore warning lights, bells or gates.

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It's not a race

Running and rushing lead to most injuries around stations and trains. Just take your time, the next train won't be long.

Friends of Share the Road

Thanks to Public Transport Victoria who have helped to make Share the Road possible. Together, we're working towards making Victorian roads a safer and happier place for everyone.

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