What is a Zebra Crossing?
A Zebra Crossing consists of thick black and white strips across a road with an orange flashing “belisha” beacon on either pavement. It gives pedestrians the right of way, however you must make sure that all traffic has stopped before you use the crossing.
Don't forget to use the Green Cross Code, even when you are using a Zebra Crossing. If there is a School Crossing Patrol working on the crossing, always follow their instructions.
Drivers must not park or wait in the areas marked by zig zag lines - they must only stop to give way to pedestrians on the crossing or in circumstances beyond their control.
Crossing at a Zebra Crossing
- Wait on the pavement near (but not on) the kerb.
- Give traffic plenty of time to see you and to stop before you start to cross.
Vehicles will need more time to stop when the road is slippery.
Remember that traffic does not have to stop until someone has moved onto the 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 rider has not seen you and attempts to overtake a vehicle that has stopped.
- Where there is an island in the middle of a zebra crossing, wait on the island before you cross the second half of the road - it is a separate crossing
Requests for new Zebra Crossings
If you require to know more about the provision of traffic lights or information on how to have a new signal or crossing installed please use our Pedestrian Crossing Request Form.
Report a Problem
To report a problem with a faulty Zebra Crossing please use our online contact form.