Pedestrian crossings

Explains the differences between zebra crossings, pelican crossings, puffin crossings and toucan crossings. Also details of informal crossings.

The types of pedestrian crossings in this borough are as follows.

Formal crossings

  • Zebra crossing – a black and white striped crossing with orange flashing beacons. You have the right of way as soon as your foot is on the crossing, but you must make sure traffic has stopped.
  • Pelican crossing (Pedestrian Light Controlled Crossing) – you press the button then wait until the traffic stops and the green man is lit on the other side of the road before you cross. Don’t start crossing if the red man is lit or the green man is flashing.
  • Puffin crossing (Pedestrian User Friendly Intelligent Crossing) – an updated version of the pelican crossing. This has the red man and green man lights above the wait button, not on the other side of the road. It also has a sensor that detect if people are waiting and holds up traffic until everyone has crossed.
  • Toucan crossing (Two-Can Cross) – because both pedestrians and cyclists can use it. Cyclists don’t have to get off their bikes to cross the road. It also has sensors to detect if pedestrians or cyclists are using the crossing.

Informal crossings

  • Buildout – a widened pavement that slows traffic down so drivers can easily see people waiting to cross
  • Pedestrian refuge – an island in the middle of the road where you can wait
  • Raised entry treatment – a hump at the entrance to a side road to slow traffic down and help you cross
  • Dropped kerb – a section of lowered kerb at a crossing point that makes it easier for people to move on to the pavement.

For more information on pedestrian crossings, please visit the Highway Code website.

If you think a new pedestrian crossing is needed in the borough, please email We will check the speed and flow of traffic and the number of vulnerable road users (such as schoolchildren) to decide if a new crossing is necessary.

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