Green Man Crossings

Green man

'Green man' crossings are pedestrian crossings with traffic lights to signal drivers to stop, and pedestrian lights to signal pedestrians when to cross.

You will find 'Green man' crossings either on their own or as part of traffic lights controlling junctions. The crossing is marked by two rows of studs and also may be marked with yellow stripes. To use a 'Green man' crossing apply steps 2 to 6 of the Road Crossing Code.

You must not cross the road within 15 metres of the crossing.

When you arrive at the crossing, stand on the pavement near the kerb. At some crossings you will find a control box attached to the traffic light pole; press the button. Watch the pedestrian lights on the traffic light pole on the other side of the road. When the steady 'Green man' light shows you may cross with care.

You must not cross or start to cross if the pedestrian light shows a 'Red man' You must not start to cross if the pedestrian light shows a flashing 'Green man'

At some 'Green man' crossings there is also a continuous beeping sound to tell blind people when the steady 'Green man' light has started to show, an intermittent beeping for the flashing 'Green man' and a slow hammering tone for 'Red standing man'.

If traffic lights are not working, treat the pedestrian crossing as an ordinary cautionary crossing. Watch the traffic and cross the road with extreme caution.

a control box attached to the traffic light pole
an island in the middle of the crossing, stop on it   an island in the middle of the crossing, stop on it

 If there is an island in the middle of the crossing, stop on it and follow the Road Crossing Code and the rules and advice on this page again. The next part of the crossing is a separate crossing.