Z is for Zebra Crossing #AtoZChallenge #BriFri — 5 Comments

  1. When I led my first student travel group to London in 2007, the number one request they made was to see the Zebra crossing! London traffic is trained to stop for tourists taking photos of the now famous walk across the street. Such fun 🙂

  2. Learned something new! Never knew what they are called beside pedestrian crosswalks. I see many in yellow, is that another animal? I like Zebra or Piano key crossings better than continental too.

  3. Aha, I’d been wondering what you would post for Z, sorry to take so long to get back here, barely any time for reading this last week or so. As well as zebra crossings, in the UK we also have similar crossings that are called ‘pelican crossings’, these have no traffic lights signalling drivers to stop but have a yellow globe shaped light atop a pole at the kerb. Drivers are expected to stop voluntarily whenever a pedestrian appears to be about to cross the road. As a general rule, although drivers often forget this, according to the UK’s Highway Code pedestrians always have right of way (unless they changed it, fact-checking needed!) – and except for motorways where pedestrians are prohibited even from walking along the verges beside the road. I didn’t know there was a term ‘continental crossings’ for pedestrian road crossings, sounds more like a passenger ferry terminology 🙂 Congratulations on completing the challenge, I loved reading these and learnt quite a few things along the way.

  4. I’ve never heard them described as piano key crossings, but that’s quite a fitting name. I think they’re great and make being a pedestrian much safer.

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