The council installs or upgrades several pedestrian crossings (zebra, puffin or pelican crossings) each year.
Compared to signal-controlled crossings, zebra crossings are used on less important roads; those having less traffic and fewer people crossing the road.
At zebra crossings:
- give traffic plenty of time to see you and to stop before crossing
- wait until traffic has stopped from both directions or the road is clear before crossing
- keep looking both ways, and listening, in case a driver or cyclist has not seen you and attempts to overtake a vehicle that has stopped.
- drivers need more time to bring their vehicles under control when the road is slippery
- traffic does not have to stop until someone has moved onto the crossing
- regular motorists tend to ignore crossings that are not often used.
Where there is an island in the middle of a zebra crossing, wait on the island and check for oncoming traffic before crossing the second half of the road. This is, in fact, a separate crossing.
The need for a crossing is assessed according to:
- traffic volume and pedestrian crossings surveys that gauge the conflict between pedestrians and vehicles
- the difficulty pedestrians face from traffic speed and volumes
- the time pedestrians must wait before they can cross
- the personal injury accident records indicating how many accidents occur at a location and noting those involving pedestrians.
All requests from residents for installation of a crossing are looked at individually.