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pel·i·can cross·ing

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  1. pelican crossingnoun

    an acronym for pedestrian light control; a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights that are controlled by pedestrians


  1. pelican crossingnoun

    A pedestrian crossing with traffic lights operated by pedestrians

  2. Etymology: Pedestrian light controlled crossing.


  1. Pelican crossing

    A pelican crossing, or archaically pelicon crossing (PEdestrian LIght CONtrolled), is a type of pedestrian crossing with traffic signals for both pedestrians and vehicular traffic, activated by call buttons for pedestrians, with the walk signal being directly across the road from the pedestrian. The design is also found in the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, the island of Ireland, Indonesia and Australia.: rule 196  The crossings began to be phased out in Great Britain in 2016, being replaced with puffin crossings which have pedestrian signals above the call button rather than across the road.: 142 The crossing is usually formed of two poles on either side of the road, each containing three signal heads (one in each direction for drivers and one facing pedestrians) and a call button unit for pedestrians to operate the crossing. The crossing type is distinctive for fixed signal timings (as opposed to the variable timings of puffin crossings and the flashing amber/green man phase, which allows the crossing to clear and drivers to continue when it is. An audible bleep and tactile rotating cone are normally present to aid visually impaired pedestrians. Pelican crossings are ubiquitous in many countries, but usage of the phrase "pelican crossing" is confined mainly to the UK and Ireland. A comparable system called the HAWK beacon is used in the United States.


  1. Pelican crossing

    A Pelican crossing is a type of pedestrian crossing featuring a pair of poles each with a standard set of traffic lights facing oncoming traffic, a push button and two illuminated, coloured pictograms facing the pedestrian from across the road - a red, stationary person to indicate that it is not safe to cross, and a green, walking person to indicate that it is safe to do so.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pelican crossing in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pelican crossing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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  • trasrian túcánach, trasrian peileacánachIrish

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