A Pegasus crossing (UK; also equestrian crossing) 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. They are primarily used in the United Kingdom and Peru.
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 one two metres above the ground for the use of mounted riders, and the "green man" (walk) and "red man" (stop) pictograms are replaced with horses.
Additional features, to improve safety, include a wooden fence or other barrier and a wider crossing so that the horses are farther away from cars than normal. If the crossing is to be used by pedestrians and cyclists too, then a parallel, separate toucan crossing may be placed next to the Pegasus crossing.
The Installation and removal
After the upgrading of the A66 between Greta Bridge and Scotch Corner was completed in 2007, two Pegasus crossings were installed on the section of dual carriage-way immediately to the west of Scotch Corner. These crossings included raised buttons for horse riders, safety fences and lights to control the traffic which consisted of only two orange lights. These crossings never became operational and with the exception of the safety fences were later[when?] removed. There are some of them still in use in Lima, Peru.
- Malcolm Tait (2004). The Walker's Companion. Robson. p. 158. ISBN 1-86105-825-X. page 113
- "Design Manual for Roads and Bridges". 5 section 2 part 4. February 2005. Retrieved March 2009.
- UK Department for Transport Traffic Advisory Leaflet on equestrian crossings , accessed 17 March 2009.
- The Highways Agency. "A66 Plans". Retrieved 2009-11-02.
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