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How to use the Green Cross Code

  • First find a safe place to cross, then stop.
  • Look for a zebra, pelican, puffin or toucan crossings. You can use a footbridge, subway or a traffic island or ask for help from a Lollipop person.
  • If none one of these are near, find a place where you can see clearly in both directions.
  • Avoid crossing near parked cars. If you have to, stop at the outside edge of the parked car where you can clearly see traffic coming.
  • Stand on the pavement near the kerb.
  • Keep off the kerb as traffic often passes closer than you think.
  • Look all round for traffic and listen.
  • At a junction, look down every road.  Listen carefully as you can often hear traffic before you can see it.
  • If traffic is coming, let it pass.
  • Look all round again.
  • When there is no traffic near, walk straight across the road.
  • Don’t cross unless there’s a safe gap and you’re sure there’s plenty of time. If you’re not sure, don’t cross. Always walk across, don’t run.
  • Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross.

To find out more information on the types of crossing click the following links:

How to cross at an uncontrolled crossing

Uncontrolled crossings have no traffic lights or black and white striped markings on the road. You can identify them by the dropped kerbs and buff-coloured tactile paving – bumpy paving – on the footway. There may be an island in the road or road narrowing with a crossing facility. Drivers don’t have to stop for waiting pedestrians so take care when crossing here.

  • Stop just before you get to the kerb.
  • Look all round for traffic and listen. This is really important when crossing near a junction. You need to check behind.
  • If traffic is coming, let it pass.
  • When it is safe, walk straight across. Check that the gap in traffic is long enough for you to get across both lanes. Or, at traffic lights that both lanes of traffic have stopped for you.

How to use a Zebra crossing

Zebra CrossingGive traffic plenty of time to see you and to stop before you start to cross.

  • Vehicles will need more time when the road is slippery.
  • Wait until traffic has stopped from both directions or the road is clear before crossing.
  • Remember that traffic does not have to stop until someone has moved onto the crossing.
  • Keep looking both ways, and listening, in case a driver or rider has not seen you and attempts to overtake a vehicle that has stopped.

How to use a Puffin Crossing

Puffin CrossinA Puffin crossing is similar to a Pelican but it has the ‘red/green man’ signals on the near side rather than the other side of the road. It also has two detectors. One, over-head, can tell when people are waiting to cross and won’t stop traffic if nobody is waiting. The other controls the red light signal to drivers so people have enough time to cross.

  • Stop and stand at the kerb of the crossing. Press the button.
  • Do not start to cross if the ‘red man’ is showing. When the ‘green man’ shows and you are sure that the traffic is stopping, go straight across, looking and listening. If the crossing is ‘staggered’ treat each half as a separate crossing.
  • The signals will stay red for drivers until you get safely across, but keep looking and listening in case a driver doesn’t stop.

How to use a Toucan Crossing

Toucan CrossingToucan crossings are light controlled crossings which allow both cyclists and pedestrians to share the space and cross at the same time. Like Puffin crossings, they are push-button operated but you will see the ‘green man’ and ‘green cycle’ signal together. Cyclists are allowed to ride across.

  • Stop and stand or wait with your bicycle at the kerb of the crossing. Press the button.
  • Do not start to cross or ride across if the ‘red man’ is showing. When the ‘green man’ & ‘green cycle’ shows and you are sure that the traffic is stopping, walk or cycle straight across, looking and listening. If the crossing is ‘staggered’ treat each half as a separate crossing.
  • The signals will stay red for drivers until you get safely across, but keep looking and listening in case a driver doesn’t stop.
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