Z is for Zebra Crossing

The Zebra crossing is the earliest of the Animal Crossings and is most similar to pedestrian crossings found throughout the world. It consists of white stripes across the road, with Belisha Beacons (named after Leslie Hore-Belisha, who was the Transport Minister in 1934, when these crossings, minus the Zebra striping were introduced.)


Photo by camcycle.org.uk

It’s a tricky dance of who has priority in a Zebra Crossing: Motorists must give way to pedestrians who have started across (one foot on the crossing) but should not stop at a crossing if the pedestrian is still on the sidewalk. And one should NEVER NEVER NEVER wave a pedestrian to cross if they haven’t done so of their own accord. Thus the Driving Code handbook states you should “slow and be prepared to stop” upon seeing a pedestrian standing at a Zebra Crossing.

[Oh, and thanks to Jonny Lee Miller, I am now savvy to the pronunciation: it’s Zebra, with a soft ‘e’, not ZEE-bra. 

And, according to Peter Hitchins, Zebras are the real “pedestrian controlled” crossings, and after reading his diatribe, I must admit, I agree.

**Breaking News**

A newcomer to the Crossing Zoo is the Tiger Crossing. I mention this type here, as it is mainly a zebra crossing that is yellow and black, in which cyclist may also cross. This is new to the Crossing Zoo, and isn’t even in the Highway Code book yet; it is being rolled out in London first.

So, that’s it, folks…Hope you enjoyed our A-Z romp through the highways and byways and carriageways of the British Driving Code. Phew!

Anyone care to guess how many tries it took for me to pass my test(s)?


ONE! Husband and I now have official British Drivers’ Licenses!!


About Gail

Genealogist, librarian, writer, traveler, Mormon
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15 Responses to Z is for Zebra Crossing

  1. Mars says:

    Yay the good old Zebra crossing! Congratulations on passing your driving test too!

    Tiger crossing sounds way cool, I want to see yellow and black stripes on the road 🙂

    Congratulations on finishing the A to Z too, it’s been fun to come and read all about learing to drive in the UK from your point of view.

    Mars xx
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  2. Congratulations a double one for passing the driving test and for completing the AToZ Challenge.!!! Hoping to see you more..beyond the challenge. Happy weekend .<3

  3. You passed your test quicker than me – I only managed it on the second try 🙂 Speaking from the point of view of a pedestrian, it’s not fun playing chicken with cars where you have to step onto the crossing before they stop, and speaking as a motorist, if someone is clearly intending to step onto the crossing, 🙂
    I’ve enjoyed popping by and reading about your perspective on our sometimes very odd British Driving Code. Thanks.
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  4. Judy Blair says:

    Congratulations Gail on passing the test. I really enjoyed reading the A to Z driving rules as they started my day with a smile.

  5. Dahlia says:

    Congratulations Gail! : ) Thank you for a fun challenge ride 😀

  6. Seemed like you had a cute theme for the A/Z challenge! I think I would be totally confused at the Zebra Crossing! Congrats on getting your license though on the first try and for finishing the A/Z challenge!


  7. A J says:

    I was expecting Z to be for Zebra Crossing and I was right! 🙂 Yep, motorists are supposed to give way to pedestrians at zebra crossings but that doesn’t happen here. Motorists don’t even slow down! We have speed bumps before the crossing itself which is supposed to slow motorists down but they still speed across the bumps 😦

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