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Approaching Pedestrian Crossings

There are a number of different types of pedestrian crossings and are all detailed in the higway code so I am not going to write about them here.  Approaching pedestrian crossings often causes issues however.


When approaching a zebra crossing, we need to be looking to see if anyone is waiting to cross or will be ready to cross before we arrive at the crossing.  This also means checking mirrors on the approach to ensure that no-one is too close behind.  (If someone is, then slow down gently to avoid any risk of needing to stop quickly at the crossing).  Everyone grasps this quite quickly and continues to do this.


Light controlled crossings, however, are often not given the same respect.  I am not sure why this is, but we tend not to look for pedestrians pushing buttons or check mirrors on the approach.  Perhaps, it is because we rely on the light too much to tell us to stop or go and forget other observations?  This may result howver in harsh braking or lack of rear awareness on the approach.  Even with a traffic light controlled junction, we tend to check mirrors and expect to stop on the approach so why is a pedestrian crossing any different?


Give it some thought and remember that we need to expect lights to change and it would be so much easier if we looked for pedestrians on the approach to get some advance warning.


Also remember that we must never stop on the crossing itself!

zebra PelicanCrossing

Images below are from Google Earth