Pedestrian Crossings

Meeting: 
MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Reference: 
2006/2122
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What research TfL carried out to investigate how many pedestrian crossings are obstructed by motor vehicles during the "green man" phase and how this inconveniences and endangers pedestrians, particularly the more vulnerable ones? Will the Mayor push for the law to be changed so that it is a specific offence or contravention for drivers to obstruct toucan crossings and crossings at signalled junctions, as is presently the case for zebra, puffin and pelican crossings?

Answer

Answer for Pedestrian Crossings

Answer for Pedestrian Crossings

Answered By: 
The Mayor

To date, no specific research has been undertaken to investigate the impact of vehicles obstructing pedestrian crossings during the `green man' phase. However, there has been research to determine what proportion of pedestrians find using crossings difficult. Although these reports do not specifically identify how encroaching vehicles affect pedestrian crossings, they do note that some pedestrians find crossing difficult when a crossing is `blocked' by vehicles. Although TfL has no plans at this stage to press for a change in legislation as suggested, they are in discussions with the Department for Transport to investigate alternative approaches to discourage motorists from blocking crossings. The TfL `Share the road' is working on encouraging respect between road users, including these issues to preventing motorists from stopping in zones, clearly marked with white zig-zags before crossings