Zebra crossings are marked with black and white stripes on the road and zigzag lines on either side.

These markings warn drivers that there may be pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road. They also tell drivers that they must give way to pedestrians on the crossing. A yellow beacon, usually flashing, marks the location of the crossing.

Follow the Road Crossing Code fully. Always give drivers plenty of time to see you and to slow down and stop before you start to cross. If necessary put one foot on the crossing. Until you have stepped onto a 'Zebra' crossing, the traffic does not have to stop for you.

You must never cross on the zigzag lines. Because the driver's attention is on the crossing itself, he or she may not see you crossing on the zigzag lines or elsewhere in the area.

always use 'Zebra' crossing to cross a road
If you need to cross the road and there is a 'Zebra' crossing nearby you should always use it even though you may have to walk further to do so.
Wait until traffic from both directions has stopped before crossing
Wait until traffic from both directions has stopped before starting to cross, a driver may not see you on the crossing.
Walk directly across the black and white stripes
Walk directly across the black and white stripes. Look out for vehicles that might be overtaking those that have already stopped at the crossing.
If there is an island in the middle of a crossing, stop on it
If there is an island in the middle of a 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.