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Know your pedestrian crossings

There are six different types of pedestrian crossings, so make sure you’re comfortable with each kind: School crossing, Zebra crossing, Pelican crossing, Puffin crossing, Toucan crossing and Pegasus crossing.

Did you know that the Toucan crossing is named because ‘two can’ cross, meaning both pedestrians and cyclists can use the crossing? The Toucan is almost twice as wide as the Puffin and Pelican crossings, so it should be easy to spot. Like the Puffin crossing, the Toucan has zig-zag markings on the approach, a set of traffic lights and a control panel allowing pedestrians to activate the lights. The panel shows green and red bicycle symbols in addition to the iconic red and green man symbols.

Follow the usual rules for pedestrian crossings when using a Toucan crossing, but pay extra attention for cyclists in your mirrors. Also, keep an eye out for a steady amber light: it means that you have to slow down and prepare to stop on the line.