In the majority of instances the answer would be no. The criteria for a school crossing patrol is based on the number of children under 11 years of age and the traffic passing over the busiest 30 minute period of the day. A Zebra or Puffin is based on the number of people crossing and vehicles passing in the busiest four hour period. Few school crossing patrol sites meet this test and those that do generally have a Zebra or Puffin crossing already.
When assessing a request for a pedestrian crossing or its upgrade to a signalised crossing, several factors are taken into account:
· Pedestrian flow
· Volume of traffic
· Speed of traffic
· Speed limit
· Site characteristics, e.g. footway width, road width, proximity to junctions, visibility
· Personal injury collision record
This information is used to establish what type of crossing would be appropriate at a location.
A permanent Zebra or signalised pedestrian crossing is most effective when there is regular demand from pedestrians during all peak and off peak periods (this means 8am to 7pm). They are typically installed as part of an overall safety study to reduce personal injury collisions involving pedestrians or reduce severance caused by volume of traffic. To be most effective they should be used sparingly as their presence without frequent use would bring them into disrepute and detract from their effectiveness and more significantly could lead to personal injury collision involving pedestrians.