Learn more about the different types of pedestrian crossings and how to use them.
- Find out about controlled crossing points
- Find out about designated crossing points
- Find out about uncontrolled crossing points
Signal crossing at a traffic light
A signalised crossing is where there is a pedestrian light (red/green man) at a set of traffic lights.
- Press the button at the signalised crossing, the red man will light up on the pole across the road. This means do not cross.
- Walk when green man is lit. Double check for left and right turning traffic before crossing.
- Flashing red man - continue to cross, but do not step onto crossing. This means vehicles will start moving again soon.
- Do not step onto the road when the red man is lit.
Pedestrian zebra crossing
- Allow enough time for vehicles to stop.
- If vehicles are approaching wait for them to pass or stop before stepping out and then take a life saving second look before crossing.
- Vehicles must give way to pedestrians on any part of the crossings.
Staggered pedestrian zebra crossing
- Check for traffic from your right, until you reach the island in the middle of the road and then check for traffic from your left before you proceed to cross the rest of the road.
- Vehicles must stop and give way to pedestrians on their half of the road.
A pedestrian zebra crossing has black and white poles with orange discs, diamond road markings and white stripes on the road. Pedestrians have the right of way at a pedestrian zebra crossing but it is important to make sure the vehicles have stopped. Look right, look left, look right again. Cross when safe to do so.
Pedestrian refuge island
- These are not zebra crossings.
- These are designed to give pedestrians a chance to get across in two stages, giving the pedestrian a safer place to wait before making the second stage of the crossing.
- Check for traffic from your right, until you reach the middle of the road and then check for traffic from your left before you proceed to cross the rest of the road.
A pedestrian refuge island is a raised island with a cut-through, where pedestrians can safety wait to cross busy roads in two stages.
Pedestrians do not have the right of way at a pedestrian refuge island.
Stop. Look right. Double check for vehicles before you step onto the road. Cross to the centre island only if safe to do so. When you get to the centre island stop. Look left. Double check before you step onto the road. Cross to the other side of the road when safe to do so.
- These are NOT zebra crossings.
- In many shopping areas where the road surface changes, for example, to paved areas, it is an indication for drivers to reduce their speed and to be aware of pedestrians.
- Pedestrians must give way to vehicles.
- Crossing at a roundabout is not advisable. However if a crossing facility is provided - use it with care as motorists are watching for vehicles.
- Never assume a driver has seen you.
- Cross away from a roundabout where the visibility is better.
- When crossing at intersections, remember to check behind and in front for turning vehicles.
- This is not a zebra crossing. If you are crossing where there is a median strip, use it with extreme care, as turning traffic will also use it.
- Do not walk along a median strip. This is illegal.
If there is no crossing facility within 20 metres from where you want to cross:
- Then select a place to cross that is free from obstructions so that you can see and be seen.
- Keep away from parked vehicles.
- Keep on looking for traffic when crossing the road.
- Ensure you allow yourself enough time to complete the crossing safely.