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While ducks are generally aware of their surroundings and possible dangers, they are not immune from accidents. The increasing number of fatalities on roads led to concern within many local towns and communities. Aside from specific man made crossings, a duck crossing may also refer to a wider area used as a route ducks often take to cross roads. These are marked off by "duck crossing signs" similarly to other caution oriented road markings (school zones, blind corners, etc).
The duck crossing can be seen as an institution to preservation during the rapid urbanization of the twentieth century.
- Brake for Ducks - Non-profit campaign dedicated to creating safe duck crossings, begun in 1993.
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/tyne/wear/3861059.stm - An example of the problem and solution
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/beds/bucks/herts/4078423.stm - Another example
- http://www.worldofstock.com/closeups/MES1819.php - Photographs of Duck crossings