Pedestrians, comprising the largest single road user group because almost everyone is a pedestrian at some point, are identified as a vulnerable road user group in the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020. In the event of a crash, they have little to no protection compared to other road users.
The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development recently released a paper presenting the latest available Australian and international statistics on the road safety of pedestrians. The data found that in Australia there has been a consistent downward trend in total road fatalities, including pedestrian fatalities. Since 2005, pedestrian fatalities as a percentage of all road fatalities have remained relatively stable.