Dealing with pedestrian crossings is part and parcel of the learning process and ultimately the driving test. It often requires patience, forward planning and good observation. There are many different types of crossings, some have lights and are well marked out, others may only have two white lines to distinguish it. The most important and common feature of a pedestrian crossing is flashing amber lights.
Zebra Crossing are usually marked by black and white stripes going across the road, they are normally accompanied by flashing amber beacons also. The pedestrian has right of way one they put a foot on the crossing. However a person should never walk out carelessly or abruptly as this could cause a car to brake sudden or swerve. Pelican Crossings operate when the person presses the button on the control box, then after a short while the green man light will come on and the pedestrian should cross safely.
If there is an island in the middle of the road, you should treat the crossing as two separate ones. They often appear at an unmarked crossing in order to help slow down traffic and make it safer for people to cross. Remember traffic has the right of way at an unmarked crossing and even at a pedestrian crossing that is a Zebra or Pelican, you must take care to cross, always look and listen just in case.
Very often at a pelican crossing the traffic light for drivers will turn flashing amber before it goes full green. In this case it is fine for the driver to move off as long as there are no people wishing to cross the road. Also drivers must not park or overtake on the white zig zag lines near pedestrian crossings, and even if the zig zag lines are not there the driver must not park or overtake 15 metres either side of the crossing.
Drivers should always plan ahead for pedestrian crossings, as you approach gradually slow down and watch out for anyone nearby. Check their body language for a shoulder check and analyse how close they walk to the road. Sometimes pedestrians can be unpredictable and won't pay attention when they cross.