It’s easy to become complacent about safety, especially on a familiar route such as on your way to or from work. Taking risks and not being mindful on the roads can have serious consequences. It’s important to have your head in the moment and make safe decisions when crossing the road. In order to pass the motorcycle on-road test, you’ll need to know how to deal with pedestrian crossings. There are various types of pedestrian crossings. Here, we shall cover which type of crossings you’ll encounter, along with the rules associated with them.
Before you cross the road:
- Look before you cross. Just because someone else decides to cross, doesn’t mean it’s safe for you
- Unplug your earphones and put away your phone
- Never assume that an approaching vehicle can see you, or will stop for you – wait until all vehicles have stopped before you step off the kerb
- Avoid crossing between parked cars or at the front or back of buses and large vehicles
- At intersections, check for turning vehicles before you leave the kerb, and while you are crossing the road
- Wear bright, light coloured clothing at night or in reduced visibility conditions.
When crossing the road:
- Always use pedestrian crossings
- Wait for the walk signal. Pedestrian countdown timers show how many seconds you have left to finish crossing before oncoming vehicles will be given a green light. If you haven’t started to cross, the countdown timers can help you decide if it’s safe to do so
- At traffic lights, don’t enter the road if vehicles are moving through the crossing or if the red don’t walk signal shows.
Easily differentiated from other crossings due to the flashing yellow beacons at both sides of the crossing and the black and white stripes across the road. Some Zebra crossings have a centre island. White zigzag road markings are painted each side of the crossing along with a give way line about 1 metre from the crossing.
- Where pedestrians are on the pavement and are waiting to cross, slow down and stop just before the give way line.
- Give way to any pedestrian already on the crossing and allow them to safely cross before moving off.
- You must not wave people across as you never know what other vehicles are going to do and if the pedestrian has seen them.
- If a Zebra crossing has a central island, each half is classed as a separate crossing.
PEDESTRIAN CROSSING RULES:
Along with crossing specific rules detailed above, these rules apply to all pedestrian crossings.
- You must not park on the crossing as this will block the way for pedestrians, or within the areas either side of the crossing marked by white zigzag lines. This obscures the view of approaching traffic for pedestrians and obscures the view of the crossing for oncoming road users. Parking in this area is illegal and may result in penalty points on your licence and a fine.
- You must not overtake the moving vehicle nearest to the crossing or the vehicle that has stopped to give way to pedestrians.
MOTORCYCLE RIDING TIPS FOR APPROACHING PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS:
- Anticipation and planning is key. Look well ahead for indications of pedestrian crossings. This could be the flashing beacons of the Zebra crossing or traffic light signals.
- As you approach a crossing, ask yourself; are there people waiting at the lights, how long have they been there and is it likely the lights will soon change?
- Allow people plenty of time to cross, particularly if they’re older or disabled.
- Before moving off, take a look up and down the crossing to ensure it’s clear. There might be someone making a last second dash for it.
- Always avoid stopping on the crossing path. If at times of congestion and traffic is queuing, ensure you can clear the crossing area. If in doubt, stop before.
- Allow plenty of time to stop if pedestrian light signals change. Allow more time if the roads are wet.
Some quick tips for Pedestrian:
1. Walk On The Sidewalk. If there are no sidewalks, walk as close to the left side of the street as possible, facing traffic.
2. Cross At The Cross Walk. Cross only at intersections or street corners. When available, cross between the white painted crosswalk lines.
3. Stop Before Crossing The Street. Never dart or dash out into the street.
4. Obey All Traffic Signals. Before stepping out into the street, be sure to look at all traffic signals.
5. Look Left, Then, Right, Then Left Before Crossing The Street. Make sure traffic has come to a complete stop. If a parked vehicle obstructs your view, step out far enough into the street to be able to lean forward and see the street in both directions. Continue to look in both directions as you cross the street. If you are with a group of friends, each person needs to look for themselves.
6. Wear Bright Clothing. At night, wear light-colored clothes and reflective stripes.
7. Watch For Turning Traffic. Try to make eye contact with the driver. Watch for right turns on red.
8. Watch For Vehicles Turning Out Of Driveways