It is suggested that wide dual-carriageway roads with narrow central reservations less than 3 metres wide are not well-suited to the current design of pelican crossing, in that shortage of room to fence a footpath between crossings negates against the provision of separate crossings, and leads to the adoption of a single straightover pelican crossing. In such cases a pedestrian on one carriageway has right-of-way over both carriageways, leading to delays to drivers and hence a reduction in road capacity. The crossing described in this article is considered to be one solution to the problem. Diagrams and photographs illustrate the design of the staggered crossing, which included a uni-directional 'gate' using a diagonal rail inserted across the gap in the central reservation guardrail. Specially authorised signs display instructions on current crossing procedure, and observations indicated 80 per cent correct use. Statistical data provide information on before-and-after accident records, and the results are discussed. The information obtained so far would indicate that the crossings appear to be suitable for their purpose. /TRRL/

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    Printerhall Limited

    29 Newmart Street
    London W1P 3PE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Alexander, F S
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

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  • Accession Number: 00189218
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1979 12:00AM