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What Are the Different Types Of Pedestrian Crossings in the UK?

If you’re planning on taking your driving test in the UK, you must know the different types of pedestrian crossings you might encounter. It’s fun when you can confidently know exactly what you need to do when approaching a crossing! This article will review everything you need to know about them. We’ll tell you what to expect and how to handle each type of crossing. By the end, you’ll be prepared and confident for your driving test. But don’t forget the driving lessons though. Without any further ado, let’s dive deeper:

What Are Pedestrian Crossings?

 Pedestrian crossings are a type of crosswalk that is designed to help pedestrians safely cross streets. They are typically marked with either a painted line or raised crossing and sometimes have special lighting or signage to help drivers see them.

Pedestrian crossings are an important part of any city or town, providing a safe way for pedestrians to get around. Drivers should always be on the lookout for pedestrians at crossings and yield to them when they are present.

When approaching or passing through pedestrians crossings, you should always be prepared for pedestrians to be present and slow down or stop if one appears. There’s no need to rush anything when you’re driving with the family.

Different Types of Pedestrian Crossings

 Many different types of pedestrian crossings UK help people safely get to the other side of the street. Here are some of the most common:

Zebra Crossing

 This is the most basic type of crossing, with black and white stripes painted on the road and usually a zebra crossing sign nearby. Pedestrians have the right of way at these crossings, so drivers should be prepared to stop when someone is crossing. Zebra crossings are typically located near schools or other areas with high pedestrian traffic.

Pelican Crossing

 Pelican crossings are similar to zebra crossings but have additional features to help those with disabilities. They typically have push buttons that activate a flashing light, giving pedestrians extra time to cross. In addition, the light remains green for a longer period.

Puffin Crossing

 Puffin crossings are similar to pelican crossings but also have a red and green man signal, like a normal traffic light. The pelican and puffin crossings don’t have much difference. This helps pedestrians know when it is safe to cross. These crossings are similar to zebra crossings but have additional features to help those with disabilities. They typically have push buttons that activate a flashing amber, giving pedestrians extra time to cross. In addition, the light remains green for a longer period.

Toucan Crossing

 Toucan crossings are similar to pelican crossings but have two separate sets of push buttons for pedestrians and cyclists. This allows cyclists to cross separately from pedestrians, which can help prevent conflict between the two groups. Some toucan crossings also have a red and green man signal, like a puffin crossing.

Pegasus Crossing

 Pegasus crossings have a swan-shaped push button and flashing amber signals to help pedestrians who may not be familiar with the system cross safely. The signals are designed to be highly visible and distinct from other traffic lights. These types of pedestrian crossings are becoming increasingly common. The Department for Transport has said it is working with local authorities on plans to introduce them in other parts of the country.

Additional Pedestrian Crossings to Consider

As the new school year approaches, parents and guardians are reminded to take extra care when crossing the street with their children. In addition to traditional pedestrian crossings, pedestrian refuges and school crossings can be used.

School Crossing

School crossings are typically located near schools and have school crossing patrol officer on duty during school hours to help reduce pedestrian/vehicle conflicts. Many schools employ crossing guards to ensure the safety of children crossing the street outside a designated school crossing point.

Both pedestrian refuges and school crossings can help get children to school safely. Parents and guardians should be familiar with the locations of these crossings in their neighbourhood and plan their routes accordingly.

Pedestrian Refuge

These are usually between two intersections in the middle of a block. They provide a safe place for pedestrians to wait while crossing the street, such as pedestrian light controlled crossing. They are often painted green and are marked with a sign that says “refuge.” Pedestrian refuge islands are also more visible than traditional pedestrian crossings.

Key Rules for Approaching Pedestrian Crossings

 When driving, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and know the road’s rules. This is especially true when approaching pedestrian crossings. Here are some key rules to keep in mind:

  • Be aware of children playing near the road. They may not be looking for a red traffic light and could step suddenly into the street.
  • Don’t pass another vehicle in traffic that has stopped at a crossing or is approaching a pedestrian crossing. It would be best to yield to pedestrians already in the crossing or waiting to cross.
  • If there is a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights, wait for the light to green figure at the stop line before proceeding.
  • When turning at a pedestrian or any other crossings, always use your turn signal so that pedestrians and other drivers know your intentions on the other side of the road.
  • Be prepared to stop when approaching a pedestrian crossing, even if no one is currently crossing the street. Pedestrians may start to cross the road unexpectedly.

Identifying Road Crossings

 There are many road crossings, and knowing which one to use in each situation can be challenging. Here are some tips for identifying the difference between two separate crossings and when to use them.

The first type of road crossing is the crosswalk. Crosswalks are typically found at intersections with traffic lights, but they can also be found in other places where pedestrians must cross the street. Always look both ways before crossing the street and obey the traffic signals when using a crosswalk.

Another type of road crossing is the pedestrian bridge. Pedestrian bridges are usually found over busy highways or roads where there is no safe place for pedestrians to cross at ground level. When using a pedestrian bridge, stay within the designated walking area and follow any posted rules or signs.

Mirror Signal Manoeuvre

Manoeuvring your car around a busy road junction can be daunting if you’re new to an intensive driving course. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. The ‘mirror signal manoeuvre routine’ is a simple procedure that will help you negotiate road crossings confidently.

Here’s how it works: firstly, check your mirrors to get an idea of the traffic behind you. When you’re ready to move off, indicate with your signal light. Then, look over your shoulder to check for any oncoming traffic. If the coast is clear, start manoeuvring your car across the junction. Remember to keep checking your mirrors and signalling as necessary.

The mirror signal manoeuvre will soon become second nature with a bit of practice. If you’re new to driving, avoid busy road crossings during rush hour. If there are cars parked on the other side of the junction, it could mean that drivers will be turning left or right across your path.

Zig Zag Lines

 White Zig Zag lines provide a visual cue that parking and overtaking are strictly forbidden in these areas. The same rule applies to yellow zigzag lines outside police, fire, and hospital buildings.


 You’ve learned about the different types of pedestrian crossings in the UK, and now you’re an expert! You can confidently navigate any crossing, whether a zebra crossing, a pelican crossing, or a puffin crossing.

But remember, always stay safe and be aware of your surroundings. Be sure to look both ways before crossing the street, and never assume that drivers will see you.

With these tips in mind, female driving instructors and everyone else can confidently explore all the UK offers on foot. So get out there and enjoy all that this beautiful country has to offer!

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