Toucan crossing

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Toucan crossing, Vauxhall (2004)
Control panel, London (2011)

A toucan crossing is a type of pedestrian crossing found in the United Kingdom that also allows bicycles to be ridden across.[1] Since two–can, both pedestrians and cyclists, cross together, the name "toucan" was chosen.

In the United Kingdom, toucan crossings are normally 4 metres (13 feet) wide, instead of the 2.8–metre (9 feet) width of an pelican crossing or puffin crossing. There are two types of toucan crossing: on more recent ones, an "green bicycle" is displayed next to the "green man" when cyclists and pedestrians are permitted to cross. This includes an red bicycle and man are show at other times; older ones do not have a red bicycle – bicycles are permitted to cross at any time (if it is safe to do so).[2]

Unlike the pelican crossing, before the lights for vehicles go back to green, a steady red and amber are displayed instead of a flashing amber. The pedestrian/cyclist signal lights may be on the near side of the crossing (like a puffin crossing), or on the opposite side of the road (like a pelican crossing).

A related crossing type is the pegasus crossing for horse riders.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Highway Code, Rule 80
  2. ^ Cyclecraft, p199.