There are a few different scenarios for pedestrian crossings:
- Painted crossings with no central reservation (i.e. the crossing is continuous)
- Painted crossings with a central reservation island (i.e. the crossing is continuous, but there’s a small raised traffic island in the middle of the road)
- School patrol crossings (can be painted or temporary)
- Staggered crossings (i.e. it’s two separate crossings linked by a small protected area in the middle of the road, often with two separate signals)
- Pedestrian-controlled lights (i.e. on an otherwise straight section of road, pedestrians can push a button to activate a traffic light which allows them to cross)
- Intersections with pedestrian-controlled lights)
Pedestrian crossings with no central reservation
If there is a pedestrian waiting to cross on either side of the road then the driver must stop.
Once the pedestrian is more than half way across, vehicles can proceed if it’s clear, even if there is no central reservation. You have already given way to them.
However, vehicles approaching from the other direction must still give way while the pedestrian is either walking towards their lane, or in their lane if there is no central reservation.
Pedestrian crossings with a raised traffic island
If there’s a raised traffic island you don’t need to give way to pedestrians approaching your lane from the other side of the road until they reach the island. You do have to give way to pedestrians waiting to cross on your side of the road.
If the stop sign is out, vehicles must wait until they are pulled in again.
These are treated as two separate crossings.
Pedestrian-controlled lights at intersections and on roads
Vehicles must wait if the lights are red.
When turning, a vehicle might have a green light, but still must give way to pedestrians already on the crossing.