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Crossing the Road

Crossing the Road Safety

The safest road crossing instructions for pedestrians and children is to use the United Kingdom Green Cross Code Laws.

HOW TO CROSS THE ROAD SAFELY: Parents and child minders are responsible for teaching young children how to use the green cross code safely by themselves.

Using The Green Cross Code Safely

All pedestrians should use the green cross code when crossing the road around England and the rest of the United Kingdom.

Adults should accompany small children when crossing the road until they fully understand how to determine the speed and distance of vehicles on the road.

Safe Places To Cross

Pedestrian zebra crossings, subways, footbridges, and controlled crossings such as at schools, are safer places to cross. If they are not available you should find an area where you can see all directions clearly and directly reach the other side (not diagonally) of the road safely. Crossing between parked cars is particularly dangerous for small children and vulnerable pedestrians.

The Highway Code Rule #7 Important Steps

Use The Green Cross CodeStop at the kerbside or back from the road if there is no pavement and check for approaching or oncoming traffic. Using the 'Green Cross Code' look all around and listen for traffic because you may hear vehicles before you can see them.

Allow oncoming traffic to pass and then look and listen once more until there is a pause in traffic. Be sure there is enough time to cross and be aware of the speed of any distant vehicles.

Safely cross the road without delay but do not run. Continue to look and listen for traffic as you cross and check for cyclists or motorcyclists passing between traffic lanes. Use extra caution if you cross at a road junction. Rule #170 of The Highway Code states; if you have started crossing and traffic wants to turn into the road, you have priority and they should give way.

Roadside Barriers and Raised Paving

Pedestrians should not climb over safety barriers but cross where there is a gap.

Tactile raised paving areas create common crossing points felt underfoot by blind or partially sighted pedestrians.

One-way Streets and Bus Lanes

Determine in which direction the traffic is moving and make sure you can completely cross uninterrupted. Be aware that some bus or cycle lanes may function in a different direction to one-way traffic. Consider that traffic usually moves at different speeds when traversing bus lanes.

Warning Triangle SignLaw: The Road Traffic Act 1988 section 26 states you Must Not get onto or hold onto a moving vehicle.

Cycle Routes

Cycle tracks often share pavement or footpaths with pedestrians. They normally have markings occasionally with raised paving which distinctly segregates them from the walk way.

Crossing Between Parked Vehicles

Crossing between parked vehicles is particularly hazardous and requires extra caution before you cross. It should be avoided wherever possible. Use the roadside edge of the car vehicle as you would the kerbside checking for traffic before you enter the road. Stationary vehicles with idling engines may suddenly start reversing. Be aware of the vehicle's warning sound or reversing lights.

Pedestrians Crossing the Road; UK Rules Updated 2017