Having read some interesting comments on a popular cycling forum, I decided to investigate and find out the difference between the public crossings offered to us by our government in the UK.
If I were to ask you to name all the types of crossings there are in the UK, you would probably say, Pelican crossing and Zebra crossing and if you are really savvy, maybe one other. I bet no-one would say them all off the top of their heads.
Did you know however, there are in fact five different types:
Zebra Crossing, Pelican Crossing, Toucan Crossing, Puffin Crossing and Pegasus Crossing.
The Pelican Crossing
The pedestrian lights (The red and Green little man) are situated on the far side of the road to the pedestrian.
Has the lights (Red & Green little man) on the same side as the pedestrian.
A crossing for pedestrians and bicycles. The Red & Green man and the Bicycle lights are normally situated on the opposite side of the road.
Allows horse-riders to cross.
The most traditional crossing in the UK
What if someone had a sense of humour at the Department of Transport?:
Interestingly, Cyclists are only allowed to cycle across a Toucan crossing. All other crossings, a cyclist should dismount and walk across.