SHARED ZONE - Smith St & The Esplanade Intersection

The intersection of Smith Street and the Esplanade is now a Shared Zone. Vehicles must slow down to 10 km/hour and give way to pedestrians.

What is a Shared Zone?

A shared zone is an area where the street environment has been modified to be used by both pedestrians and vehicles at the same time.

The road surface and environment are changed (i.e. different colours and textures) so that drivers are made aware they are entering an area that is clearly different.

Vehicles give way to pedestrians in shared zones at all times.

Some of the advantages of shared zones are:

  • Increase in safety of pedestrians 
  • Reduction in speed environment
  • Provide amenity without affecting access
  • Alert drivers that they are entering a different driving environment

What are the rules at a Shared Zone?

  • In a Shared Zone vehicles (cars, buses, bikes) must slow down to a maximum speed of 10km/hour. Vehicles must give way to pedestrians - stopping if necessary. Australian Road Rules Reg 24 Speed limit in a shared zone and Reg 83 Give Way to Pedestrians in a shared zone apply.

  • The intersection does not need to be clear of pedestrians for a vehicle to slowly enter. A vehicle can only move through the intersection when safe to do so and at a maximum speed of 10kms/hour.

  • If necessary a vehicle may need to stop at or on the shared zone to give way to pedestrians
  • Normal road rules apply to turning left/right at the shared zone
  • Pedestrians need to be aware that this is a Shared Zone and remain alert
Please follow all road signs.

Why was this intersection upgraded  and made into a Shared Zone?

The old pedestrian crossing at the intersections of The Esplanade and Smith Street was not performing well. This is a highly pedestrianised intersection.

There was confusion as to who had priority and the road alignment lessened driver awareness that there was a pedestrian-priority crossing in the area.

The Shared Zone is designed to improve pedestrian safety and connectivity between The Waterfront and the CBD.


For more Information contact City of Darwin Senior Communications and Engagement Officer or  8930 0194.