Pedestrian crossings and traffic signals

There are a number of types of pedestrian crossing:

  • pelican crossing is a crossing on a road controlled by a sequence of lights arranged to allow pedestrians to cross the road in safety
  • puffin crossing is crossing on a road controlled by a sequence of lights arranged to allow pedestrians to cross the road in safety. A puffin crossing is arranged so it responds to a pedestrian using the crossing.
  • toucan crossing is a crossing on a road controlled by a sequence of lights arranged to allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road in safely
  • traffic signals control road junctions with a sequence of lights to share out the use of the same space by allocating time for drivers and pedestrians

Using puffin crossings

Puffin crossings have been introduced in York, replacing some older pelican crossings because they:

  • cut delays
  • improve the flow of traffic
  • increase pedestrians' safety
  • benefit both pedestrians and drivers

Puffin crossings are safer for pedestrians because:

  • the sensors that detect pedestrians at a puffin crossing also control the traffic lights, making sure users have enough time to cross the road safely
  • there is no flashing amber light so vehicles are less likely to start moving before pedestrians have finished crossing
  • you can see the red and green man signals and watch traffic approaching at the same time
  • partially sighted pedestrians can see the red and green man signals more easily than a signal located on the other side of the road

Puffin crossings are better for drivers because:

  • traffic lights change to green as soon as the crossing is clear of pedestrians, so drivers won't be stopped unnecessarily if there are no pedestrians on the road
  • traffic will not be stopped if pedestrians push the button and then cross the road before the lights change to red, or if they push the button then change their mind and walk away from the crossing

Request new crossings or report a fault

Request a new crossing or traffic signal or contact us to report a fault if you feel there is a road safety problem.

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