Pedestrian crossings are there to help people cross roads. Pedestrians will have the right of way in certain situations, but it is up to the driver to do the right thing so that everyone is safe.
As a driver you should be well aware of what is ahead of you in the road. You can identify pedestrian crossings by early triangular warning signs, flashing yellow beacons and the zigzag marking on approach.
Once you identify there is a crossing ahead, use the Mirrors Signal Manoeuvre routine to make sure you approach safely.
Mirrors – check the mirrors to assess the speed and following distance of traffic behind you
Signal – your brake light will be your signal to let people know you are slowing, or you may feel the need to use an arm signal
Manoeuvre – continue in the normal driving position and do not overtake the lead moving motor vehicle.If you need to stop, stop before the crossing and not on it. Do not wait on the crossing when in queuing traffic. Reduce your speed on approach and look for anyone that is waiting to cross. If the crossing has lights they may be about to change.
You MUST NOT park on a crossing or in the area covered by the zig-zag lines. You MUST NOT overtake the moving vehicle nearest the crossing or the vehicle nearest the crossing which has stopped to give way to pedestrians.
Some crossings will have lights and some may not. There are two main types of pedestrian crossings; controlled and uncontrolled.
Zebra crossings are uncontrolled pedestrian crossings. They are marked on the road with black and white stripes,and there will be flashing yellow beacons on both sides of the road.There will be zigzag lines on both sides of the road on approach to a zebra crossing. You should not park on these zigzag lines.
You, the driver, need to decide whether you need to slow down or stop on approach to the crossing. You should be aware of anyone waiting at a zebra crossing, and stop if it is safe to do so. You must stop if there is someone on the zebra crossing, and wait until they are all the way across before moving off.
If there is a central island dividing two zebra crossings you should treat each crossing as an individual crossing.It is not necessary of stop if someone is on the crossing that is on the other side of the central island.
Never wave someone across a crossing, let them decide for themselves whether or not to cross. There may be another car coming whose driver has not seen that anyone is waiting to cross.
Never overtake the lead moving motor vehicle on approach to any pedestrian crossing.
School Warden Crossing
Lolly pop men and ladies are there to help children cross the road safely. They will usually be near the school entrance and at busy roads nearby. Be extra careful near schools during school start and finishing times.
Look well ahead for crossing patrols and use the MSM routine in good time. Always be ready to stop to let the warden do their job, but also watch out for excitable children who may decide they are grown up enough not to wait for the warden’s help.
Traffic Light Controlled Pedestrian Crossings
A pelican crossing is controlled by traffic lights. The pedestrian pushes a button and waits for the green man to light up to show them when to cross. The green man will often be accompanied by a peeping sound, to help the visually impaired. A red light will be on for drivers while the green man is showing.
These crossings are on a timer, and after a certain amount of time the green man will start flashing. Pedestrians should not start to cross if the green man is flashing. While the green man is flashing, a driver will see a flashing amber light on the traffic lights. A red man will show on the pedestrian’s button control while the traffic lights have a green light for drivers.
If there is someone on the crossing when the amber light is flashing a driver should let them get across the road. If the amber light is flashing, and no pedestrians are on the crossing,then the driver can drive on.
If there is a central island dividing parts of a pelican crossing, but the crossing goes straight across the road, you should treat it as one crossing.
If there is a central island that is staggered, where the crossing does not go straight across the road, treat it as two separate crossings.
Puffin crossings are the latest version of the controlled crossing. They are Pedestrian User Friendly Intelligent crossings that do not have a timer and flashing amber light. They instead have sensors on top of the lights, and pressure sensors in the pavement that help the lights decide whether someone has finished crossing.
The idea is that once the young lad has run across the road, the lights will not stay on red for an unnecessary amount of time. They will know he has crossed and change back to green in the same sequence as ordinary traffic lights. This could reduce congestion at busy times.
On the other hand, if the old lady takes a longtime to cross the road, the light should stay on red for drivers until she safely crosses the crossing.
Toucan crossings are crossing where cyclists are able to cross without dismounting their bike. On other crossings, cyclists should get off their bike and push it across the road ,although this doesn’t often happen.
There would be a green and a red bicycle near the push button control, along with the green and red man.
Equestrian crossings are crossing that could crossed by riders on horseback. There would be a button control higher than the one for the pedestrians, allowing the rider to press the button without getting off their horse.