Convert an informal crossing into a courtesy crossing

Most informal crossings are neither elegant or practical for pedestrians. Their primary purpose is to help drivers negotiate the junction. Pedestrians do use them to cross the road but are expected to wait for a gap in the traffic before they attempt to cross. Drivers very seldom stop even when they see pedestrians waiting.

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This study suggests that a temporary adjustment to a more convenient courtesy crossing can be made by moving the crossing place away from the roundabout so that drivers have more space to stop safely and allow pedestrians to cross. Pedestrians have less distance to walk across the road The road widths in both directions have been reduced to single lanes by using temporary plant-tubs, both round and square. The narrowed carriageways encourage slower, more careful and courteous driving. Pedestrians have less distance to walk across the road and reach safety.

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When a satisfactory layout has been agreed, the changes can be made permanent. If desirable the carriageway may be narrowed by widening the pavement while still providing a spacious comfortable centre-of-road pedestrian refuge. The crossing should be a near as possible to the pedestrians’ desire line and be designed to enhance the local character of the street.

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An alternative option would be to include zebra-style crossing markings for the courtesy crossing. They may increase the likelihood that drivers will stop. However the stripes that look too similar to zebra stripes can make drivers and pedestrians confused and think incorrectly that pedestrians have a legal right to expect drivers to stop. At courtesy crossing pedestrians need to wait until a driver has or is certainly about to stop.

                                            

    

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