Zebras on side roads ‘change driver behaviour’ – transportxtra
Deniz Huseyin 17 November 2021
Side road zebra crossing trial in Moss Side, Manchester
The presence of zebra markings on side roads in Greater Manchester resulted drivers giving way to pedestrians 65% more often than on other side roads, according to a study by TRL.
The results showed that vehicles giving way to people on foot went up from 4 in 10 to 7 in 10 when the zebra markings were in place.
TRL looked at the use of non-prescribed zebra crossings at side roads. A prescribed zebra crossing has black and white stripes with give way lines, yellow globes on striped posts, and a line of studs and zigzag markings. A non-prescribed zebra crossing uses the black and white markings without the other features. Until now, the DfT has stated that under UK law zebra crossings must be wired to the electric mains and have Belisha beacons and zigzag markings. Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is asking for regulations to be amended to allow non-prescribed zebra crossings at a larger number of sites for long-term monitoring.