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Pedestrian Crossings

Pelican (PEdestrian LIght CONtrolled) crossing
Pelican crossings are controlled by the pedestrian pressing the button on the WAIT box. Pedestrians should only cross when the green man lights up and all the traffic has stopped. Pedestrians should not start to cross if the green man is flashing as this is the clearance time that allows pedestrians to complete the crossing.


Puffin Crossings (Pedestrian User Friendly Intelligent)
Puffin crossings look very similar to Pelicans. Instead of having a flashing green man with flashing amber for traffic the Puffin crossing has detectors that can lengthen the clearance time. Another difference is that the red and green man signals are just above the WAIT box and not on the other side of the road.

Toucan Crossings (Two CAN Cross)
These crossings are provided for pedestrians and cyclists, usually at sites where cycle routes cross busy roads. Like other crossings it is operated by a push button on the WAIT box. On a Toucan there is a green cycle signal as well as the red and green man. The main advantage for cyclists is that they do not have to dismount to cross. There is no flashing amber signal and drivers must wait for a green light. Facilities for blind or partially sighted pedestrians

Facilities for blind or partially sighted pedestrians
Single crossing usually have a bleeper to help blind or partially sighted people know when it is safe to cross. These are not installed on dual crossings as a blind person could hear the far crossings bleeper and think it was safe to cross. In this situation blind pedestrians should use the tactile cone - virtually all signalled pedestrian crossings have a rotating knob underneath the WAIT box, which turns when the green man lights up.

Zebra Crossing
This crossing has black and white stripes (like a zebra) on the carriageway with orange flashing beacons at each end. A Zebra crossing gives the pedestrian right of way once their foot is on the crossing. However, pedestrians must make sure that all the traffic has stopped before crossing and they should keep looking and listening as they cross.

Pedestrian Refuges
In some locations, where a signalled pedestrian crossing cannot be justified, a pedestrian refuge (traffic island) may be placed. These allow pedestrians to cross the road in two halves with a safe place to wait in the middle. Pedestrians should cross with care as drivers have priority at traffic islands.

Reducing pedestrian delays
The council undertook a special project to reduce the delay times for people crossing the road at signalled crossings between road junctions. The aim was to improve conditions for pedestrians crossing roads in Leeds and encourage walking as a sustainable form of transport. Historically, the timings of these facilities have been biased towards minimising delay to traffic passing along the road.

The project covered four years, and resulted in an average 35% reduction in pedestrian waiting time at over 200 crossings.


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