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Pedestrian Crossings

There are two types of pedestrian crossings in use in Bedford.

A Zebra crossing and a light controlled crossing of which there are four kinds:-  a Pelican, a Puffin, a Toucan and an Equestrian (sometimes called a Pegasus Crossing).

The familiar black and white stripes on the road were introduced to Great Britain in 1949 as an addition to the orange globe on a pole which had been around since 1935 the first of the light controlled crossings (The Pelican) was introduced in 1969

 

How to use a Zebra Crossing

  • At the crossing, stop at the kerb
  • Wait for the traffic to stop
  • When the traffic has stopped
  • Walk across but keep looking and listening all around in case a driver has not seen the crossing and tries to overtake a car, which has stopped. Always cross on the stripes, as many accidents happen close to zebra crossings.
  • If there is an island
  • If the crossing has an island in the middle of it, stop there and wait for the traffic on the other side of the island to stop before you continue to cross.  

 

How to use a Pelican Crossing

  • At the crossing , stop at the kerb
  • Press the button and wait for the 'green man' signal to light up. Never cross while the red man is showing.
  • When the Green Man shows
  • Check that vehicles are stopping, then walk across, keep looking all around and listening in case a driver has not seen the crossing and does not stop.
  • When the Green Man starts to flash on and off
  • The traffic will soon start moving, stay on the pavement. If you have already started to cross, you will have time to finish crossing.
  • If it is a staggered crossing
  • There will be another signal on the traffic island. Stop and press the signal button to
    get the 'Green Man' again before crossing the second part of the road.  

 

Puffin Crossings

A puffin crossing is similar to a pelican crossing, but it has the 'red/green man' signals on the near side rather than the other side of the road. This encourages pedestrians to look at the approaching traffic.

It uses infra-red detection to identify when a person is waiting and also to extend the green man period for people who cannot cross as quickly as others.

If someone presses the button and then walks away, the system detects this and reverts priority to traffic so as not to cause undue delays.  

 

How to use a Puffin Crossing

  • At the crossing , stop at the kerb
  • Press the button and wait for the 'green man' signal to light up. The infra-red detection will pick you up and by pressing the button will register a demand.
  • Do not start to cross if the Red Man is showing
  • When the 'Green Man' shows and you are sure that the traffic is stopping, go straight across, looking and listening. If the crossing is staggered treat each half as a separate crossing.
  • The signals will stay red for drivers
  • Until you get safely across, keep looking all around and listening in case a driver doesn't stop  

 

Toucan Crossing

The Toucan Crossing is a shared signal controlled crossing to assist both pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road.

Pedestrians can use the crossing at the same time as cyclists riding their bikes.

Crossing time is monitored by detectors and varies to ensure time is given for both pedestrians and cyclists to cross, before allowing traffic to move.

 

How to use a Toucan Crossing

  • Stop at the crossing
  • When you see the red man and cycle signal you must not cross as traffic is being given a green light. Press the button on the box and wait for the green man and green cycle to appear.
  • Do not start to cross if the Red Man is showing
  • When the green signal for pedestrians and cyclists appears the traffic will be given a red light. Check the traffic has stopped then cross, keep looking all around and listening in case a driver has not seen the crossing and does not stop.
  • When the Green Man and Green Cycle lights go out

If you have already started to cross, and the green man and cycle signal go out, keep going, as you will have enough time to complete your crossing before the traffic starts to move

 

Equestrian Crossing

The Equestrian  Crossing is a shared signal controlled crossing to assist both pedestrians and horse riders  to cross the road.

Pedestrians can use the crossing at the same time as horse riders.

Crossing time is monitored by detectors and varies to ensure time is given for both pedestrians and horse riders to cross, before allowing traffic to move.

 

For all light controlled crossings

  

Tactile Cone

To assist blind or partially sighted pedestrians a tactile cone is fitted underneath the push button box. This rotates when the green man is illuminated letting the pedestrian know when to start crossing.

 

Tactile Paving

Tactile paving is installed at all controlled pedestrian crossings and is red in colour. The knobbly surface lets people who are blind or who have partial sight locate the crossing and tells them where the carriageway edge is at the dropped kerb. 

If you feel that you have identified a location that would benefit from a pedestrian crossing please click on the link below to see more details Assess for Pedestrian Crossing (opens in a new window)


Bedford Borough Council Road Safety Team     

 telephone (01234) 228336

Email road.safety@bedford.gov.uk

 


 

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