Once you have pressed the push button at a pelican crossing, the wait lamp will illuminate. You must wait until you see the Red Man change to the Green man, and then once the traffic has stopped you can walk straight across the road.
An audible alert is fitted for the visually impaired where operating conditions permit.
When the Green Man is flashing it means the lights are about to change to allow the traffic to move again and you should not begin to cross the road.
Puffin crossings are similar to pelican crossings but the signal to cross is mounted on the signal pole to your left or right side.
The Puffin Crossing has been introduced because it is of use to a greater portion of the public, in particularly visually impaired people. The Puffin has detectors that can tell when people are waiting to cross; this is why you must stand by the push button when you have pressed it.
When the button has been pressed, a red indicator lights up, but you must wait until you see the Red Man change to the Green man. Once the Green man illuminates and you are sure the traffic has stopped, walk straight across the road.
These are always fitted with either an audible alert or a rotating cone (sometimes both) for the visually and hearing impaired.
Toucan crossings are a type of pedestrian crossing that allows bicycles to be ridden across at the same time as pedestrians.
Toucan crossings are normally 4 metres wide, instead of the 2.8 metre width of a pelican.
There are two types of toucan crossing: on more recently installed ones, a green bicycle is displayed next to the green man when cyclists and pedestrians are permitted to cross. A red bicycle and red man are shown at other times; older ones do not have a red bicycle – bicycles are permitted to cross at any time (if it is safe to do so).
When the button has been pressed, a red indicator lights up, but you must wait until you see the Red Man change to the Green Man. Once the Green Man illuminates and you are sure the traffic has stopped, walk straight across the road.
These sites are always fitted with either an audible alert or a rotating tactile cone (sometimes both) for the visually and hearing impaired.
Before the lights for vehicles go back to green, a steady red and amber are displayed instead of a flashing amber.
Pegasus crossings are a type of pedestrian crossing with special consideration for horse riders.
At a minimum, these crossings are in the form of a pelican crossing or puffin crossing but simply have two control panels, one at the normal height for pedestrians or dismounted riders, and one two metres above the ground for the use of mounted riders, and the green man (walk) and red man (stop) pictograms are replaced with horses.
Additional features, to improve safety, include a wooden fence or other barrier and a wider crossing so that the horses are further away from vehicles than normal.
Last updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 2:57 PM