Pedestrian crossings encourage people to walk and improve safety.
We receive many requests each year for new pedestrian crossings.
To identify priority sites, we:
- survey each site
- compare results with national criteria
The main factors measured are the:
- number of people crossing
- amount of traffic
Other factors include the:
- number of injuries on the road near the site
- local features such as hospitals, schools and shops
To request a new pedestrian crossing, please contact frontline services business support team:
- telephone 020 8489 1000
Puffin crossing (pedestrian user-friendly intelligent crossing)
Puffin crossings look very similar to pelican crossings.
- have red and green man signals just above the ‘wait’ box and not on the other side of the road
- have special sensors to detect a pedestrian waiting and make sure traffic is stopped until all pedestrians have crossed
- do not have a flashing green man for pedestrians or a flashing amber light for drivers
Pelican crossing (pedestrian light-controlled crossing)
- are controlled by the pedestrian pressing the button on the 'wait' box
- sometimes have a bleeper to help blind or partially sighted people know when it’s safe to cross
- cross when the green man lights up and all the traffic has stopped
- not cross when the green man is flashing
A zebra crossing has:
- black and white stripes
- orange flashing beacons at each end
A zebra crossing gives the pedestrian right of way once their foot is on the crossing.
- make sure all traffic has stopped before crossing
- keep looking and listening as they cross
Many people ask for zebra crossings to be changed to puffin crossings believing them to be safer. Research shows the safety record of both types is very similar and that, in some cases, zebra crossings are safer.
Toucan crossings (two-can cross)
Toucan crossings are provided for pedestrians and cyclists usually at sites where cycle routes cross busy roads.
- a push button on the ‘wait’ box
- a green and red cycle signal
- a red and green man signal (no flashing signal)
- sensors to detect pedestrians using the crossing
Cyclists do not have to dismount to cross.
In some locations where a pedestrian crossing cannot be justified, a pedestrian refuge (traffic island) may be placed.
- narrow the road
- allow pedestrians to cross the road in two halves with a safe place in the middle to wait
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