Crosswalks are pedestrian crossings and some need zebra crossings

Equus zebra hartmannae - Etosha 2015.jpg Hartmann's mountain zebra in Etosha National Park. Yathin S Krishnappa Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0

When a road crossing is an extension of a footpath our road rules sometimes give right of way to pedestrians as the illustration below refers

WalkSydney published this diagram of the road rules in December 2019

According to NSW Centre for Road Safety brochure ‘Top 10 Misunderstood Road Rules in NSW’, drivers do not understand the rule concerning giving way to pedestrians when the driver is turning left or right right at an intersection – the driver must give way to any pedestrian crossing the road which the driver is entering. This applies to intersections with and without traffic lights. It does not apply at roundabouts.

Recent research for Greater Manchester that 83% of adults feel more confident crossing the road with a zebra crossing. Zebra crossings are the most obvious sign to drivers about who has the right of way.

If authorities were serious about reducing road fatalities and injuries, zebra crossings between footpaths, especially alongside main roads, would help correct the confusion and ambiguities created by the road rules and help drivers understand their responsibilities.

The most famous Zebra Crossing is at Abbey Road London
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