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Pedestrian crossing advice

As part of highway improvement schemes, new crossings are sometimes installed around the borough. A new puffin crossing has been installed on Hatherton Road, replacing a pelican crossing. The following information provides advice on the different types of crossings and how to use them safely:

When using any type of crossing you should always:

  • check the traffic has stopped before you start to cross or push a pushchair onto a crossing
  • cross between the studs or over the zebra markings. Do not cross at the side of the crossing or on the zig-zag lines, as it can be dangerous

You must not loiter on any type of crossing.

Types of crossings

Zebra crossings

Give traffic plenty of time to see you and to stop before you start to cross. Vehicles will need more time when the road is slippery. Wait until traffic has stopped from both directions or the road is clear before crossing. Remember that traffic does not have to stop until someone has moved onto the crossing. Keep looking both ways and listening in case a driver or rider has not seen you and attempts to overtake a vehicle that has stopped. (rule 19 - The Highway Code).

Pelican crossings

These are signal-controlled crossings operated by pedestrians. Push the control button to activate the traffic signals. When the red figure shows, do not cross. When a steady green figure shows, check the traffic has stopped then cross with care. When the green figure begins to flash, you should not start to cross. If you have already started you should have time to finish crossing safely. (rule 22 - The Highway Code)

Puffin crossings

Puffin crossings differ from pelican crossings as the red and green figures are above the control box on your side of the road and there is no flashing green figure phase. Press the button and wait for the green figure to show. (rule 23 - The Highway Code)

More information on how to use a puffin crossing (PDF 909KB)

Toucan crossings

Toucan crossings are light-controlled crossings which allow cyclists and pedestrians to share crossing space and cross at the same time. They are push-button operated. Pedestrians and cyclists will see the green signal together. Cyclists are permitted to ride across. (rule 25 - The Highway Code)