​​​​Walking is the most basic and common mode of transport, is recommended for a healthy lifestyle and has numerous benefits. In Hamilton walking is easy because of flat topography, short distances and dedicated walking infrastructures. ​

Walking infrastructure

  • Footpaths
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • Signalised crossings
  • Kea crossings
  • Zebra crossings
  • Refuge islands
  • Kerb cut downs
  • Tactile paving
  • Bridges and underpasses

Pedestrian FAQs

Who has right of way at a raised courtesy crossing?

At a raised courtesy crossing, such as on Bryce St and Hood St, cars have the right of way. Although motorists are not obliged to wait for a person trying to cross, the raised and cobbled surface lets them know pedestrians often cross there.

As such, although a car is not required to stop at a courtesy crossing, they are strongly encouraged to slow down when approaching them. That way if a pedestrian does attempt to cross in front of them a crash can be avoided.

If a car does stop and wave a person attempting to cross, a friendly wave of thanks is also highly recommended as recognition of the courtesy shown.

Hamilton City Council firmly believes that mutual awareness, negotiation and courtesy are great guiding principles for all road users.

Who has right of way in the shared zone?

Pedestrians have right of way in the Worley Place Shared Zone.

Behaviour such as illegal parking, not driving to the conditions and speeding is prohibited and may result in ticketing. This is essential to support the success and maintenance of our shared zone.

Please note for the Worley Place Shared Zone:

  • Vehicle stopping is not permitted - please don't park in the Shared Zone
  • Drivers must observe low speeds and give way to pedestrians
  • Cyclists and motorcycles are subject to the same rules as cars and must drive slowly and give way to pedestrians
  • Cyclists and motorcycles must travel in the same direction as traffic

Walking in Hamilton parks and on the riverside route

Hamilton's gullies and parkland provide great opportunities to escape busy city life. The riverside routes are for both walkers and cyclists, and cycling is also allowed on designated routes across some parks. Cyclists and walkers are expected to share the routes with care by having consideration for each other.

Walkers are urged to keep to one side of the routes, especially on corners so cyclists can pass safely. Stay alert for cyclists, especially if you have headphones on. If you are walking a dog remember they must be on a leash.

Cyclists are reminded that all park routes intended for cycling are for recreational cycling only, and are urged to give ample friendly warning when approaching walkers from behind. Racing, mountain biking and any cycling involving speed on these routes is not permitted.  Use your bell or call out.

Remember a smile and wave go a long way!

Programmes and events

  • School Travel Planning - aims to encourage school communities to increase their share of walking and other sustainable travel options.
  • Happy Feet – is a pre-school programme to encourage children and parents to increase their share of walking and other sustainable travel options.
  • Walk to Work Day​​ - This is an event which encourages people to get out there, leave the car behind and walk to work, or utilise public transport for part of their journey and walk the rest.
  • Car Free Day 22 September 2020.
Page reviewed: 07 Apr 2020 9:24am