What does a white diamond painted on the road mean? What does a white diamond painted on the road mean?

  • A. There is a crest in the road

  • B. You are approaching a school entrance

  • C. The speed limit is about to change

  • D. You are approaching a pedestrian crossing

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    The correct answer is D
     
    Correct. Many, but not all, pedestrian crossings will have a diamond painted on the road just before them.
     
 
 
 

Why are white diamonds painted on the road?

A white diamond painted on the road means you are approaching a pedestrian crossing.

When a pedestrian crossing is highly visible to road users there tends not to be a white diamond painted on the road. However, some crossings can be difficult to see, for example:

The crossing in the photo below is on Franklin Road in Auckland. The trees obscure motorists' view of pedestrians waiting and can also create shadows meaning the crossing is more difficult to see.

obscured pedestrian crossing on Franklin Rd, Auckland

A high grip road surface is sometimes laid before crossings on hills or near schools such as at this crossing on Howe Street, Auckland.

high grip road surface at pedestrian crossing