Pedestrian Crossing Measures
Pedestrian crossings helps people to cross the road safely. They are marked by white ribbon on the road known as zebra crossings.
Categories of pedestrian crossing:
- Pelican crossings:
- This is a type of pedestrian crossing controlled by traffic lights.
- There are different color sequence for traffic lights.
- After the red light, the traffic lights start to flash yellow. At the same time the pedestrians see a flashing red DON’T WALK sign.
- When the flashing yellow signal starts you may drive carefully through the crossing if there is no risk of hitting a pedestrian.
- Children’s crossings:
- These are part-time crossings which operate just before and after school hours, as well as other times such as school excursions and lunch times. They are highlighted by red flags with the words children crossing on them.
- When the flags are displayed you must slow down and stop before the stop line if a pedestrian is on or entering the crossing. You must not proceed until all pedestrians have left the crossing.
- You must not stop on or within 20 metres before or 10 metres after, a children’s
- Pedestrian haven:
- A pedestrian haven is an enclave in the middle of the road. The island allows pedestrians to cross the road in two stages.
- Approaches to pedestrian refuges are signposted. When you are approaching a pedestrian refuge you should look out for pedestrians.
- Combined children’s and pedestrian crossing:
- Some pedestrian crossings are used as children’s crossings at some times during the day. The display of children crossing flags means that the children’s crossing is operating.
- When the flags are not displayed the crossing operates as a normal pedestrian crossing.
How to stay safe as a pedestrian ??
At a traffic light:
- Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop.
- Begin to cross at the start of the green light or “Walk” signal, where provided.
- Do not start to cross if you see a flashing “Do Not Walk” symbol or the light turns yellow. If you already started to cross, complete your crossing in safety.
- Never cross on a red light.
- Watch for traffic turning at intersections or turning into and leaving driveways.