Controlled crossings are covered by regulations and their introduction requires the introduction of Traffic Management Orders to be legally enforceable by the Police.


Types of controlled crossings




Pelican crossing



This is a type of pedestrian crossing featuring a standard set of traffic lights with a push button and two coloured lamps for pedestrians using the crossing. The official name is PELICON crossing (short for PEdestrian LIght CONtrolled crossing) 









Toucan crossing



This is a type of signal controlled pedestrian crossing found in the UK that also allows bicycles to be ridden across. Since two-can, both pedestrians and cyclists, cross together, the name toucan was chosen.














Puffin crossing


This (Pedestrian User Friendly Intelligent Crossing) differs from a pelican crossing in that the lights controlling the pedestrians are on the near side of the road, rather than on the opposite side. The system also utilises sensors which detect the presence of pedestrians waiting at the crossing and as they are crossing the road. If after pushing the button the pedestrian decides to cross before the 'green man' appears, the sensor detects this movement and can automatically cancel the requested 'demand' if there is no one else



Zebra crossing


This is a type of pedestrian crossing used in many places around the world. Its distinguishing feature consists of alternating dark and light stripes on the road surface, from which it derives its name. A zebra crossing typically gives extra rights of way to pedestrians waiting to cross.








Pegasus crossing


This is a type of signalised pedestrian crossing with special consideration for horse riders. This type of crossing is nicknamed after the mythical winged horse, Pegasus. At a minimum, these crossings are in the form of a pelican crossing but simply have two control panels, one at the normal height for pedestrians or dismounted riders, and another one two metres above the ground for the use of mounted riders.




Ped-X crossing- pedestrian countdown at traffic lights



A Pedestrian Countdown facility at a signalled crossing is the latest addition to a controlled crossing. The facility counts down how long you have to cross the road after the ‘green man’ light has gone out and before the red man light goes on. Pedestrian Countdown will replace the blackout with an electronic countdown signal, showing exactly how many seconds remain to safely cross the road before the ‘red man’ light comes on. Some say this is an improved version of a Pelican Crossing.