All the different type of pedestrian crossings.

Pedestrian crossings

Puffins, zebras, toucans and pelicans are all different names for pedestrian crossings.

Pedestrian crossings are safe places for pedestrians to cross the road and where they are given priority. There are various different types of pedestrian crossings, these are: Zebra, Pelican, Puffin, Toucan, Pegasus (also known as Equestrian crossings). A school crossing patrol officer might also want you to stop near schools.

Make sure that you never park or overtake on the zig-zag lines near pedestrian crossings. Stopping on pedestrian crossings should also always be avoided.

You should never wave at pedestrians to cross as other drivers might not stop for them and you would put the pedestrians in danger.

Learn about all the crossings and then try our pedestrian crossings quiz.

Pelican crossing

Pelican crossings

On approach to a pelican crossing, you will notice zig-zag lines and traffic lights.

When a pedestrian presses the button on the crossing, the traffic lights will then change from green to amber and then to red. After a period of time, the traffic lights will then turn to a flashing amber light (meaning that you can go as long as the pedestrians are off the crossing) and then green to go. This is the only pedestrian crossing which has a flashing amber light as part of it's sequence.

If a pedestrian is waiting at the crossing and they have pressed the button then you can always anticipate that the traffic lights might be changing soon.

Pelican crossings may be in a straight line or staggered. If the pelican crossing goes straight across the road then you would treat it as one crossing even if it has a central refuge. If the crossing is staggered and not in line then the crossings are treated as separate.



Puffin crossing

Puffin crossings

(Pedestrian User-Friendly Intelligent crossings).
These pedestrian crossings look very similar to pelican crossings, but have sensors on top of the traffic lights. These sensors detect if pedestrians are crossing slowly and can hold the red traffic light longer if needed.

These do not have a flashing amber light as part of it's sequence and phase like normal traffic lights.

Pedestrians can also run across the road from an angle and not start at the crossing.



Zebra crossing

Zebra Crossing

Zebra crossings are easily recognisable because of the black and white lines that go across the width of the road.

On approach to a zebra crossing you will notice flashing amber beacons and zig-zag lines on the road.

Because there isn't any traffic lights, it will be up to you to ensure that there isn't any pedestrian's wanting to cross. Make sure that you check both sides of the crossing properly before proceeding in case of an approaching pedestrian. A pedestrian might run onto the crossing from an angle so be careful.

Split zebra crossings (see picture) should be treated as two separate crossings.

Try our pedestrian crossings quiz

Toucan crossing

Toucan crossings

(Two can cross) Toucan crossings are similar to pelican crossings too, but they allow cyclists and pedestrians to cross (best way to remember the name is 'two can' cross. There is no flashing amber light and phase like normal traffic lights. These are normally found near parks or cycle lanes.

Pegasus crossings (also known as Equestrian crossings)

Similar to toucan crossings, but these allow horse riders to cross too. No flashing amber light and phase like normal traffic lights.

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