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What is a Toucan crossing?

Find out what a Toucan crossing is and how to use one

Toucan crossings are used on cycle routes to allow cyclists to cross the road safely alongside pedestrians. This dual-use is referred to by the name Toucan - meaning “two can” cross. 

A Toucan crossing works in a similar way to a Puffin crossing, and uses sensors to detect when there are people waiting to cross or already crossing the road.

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Toucan crossings tend to be wider than Pelican or Puffin crossings in order to accommodate cyclists. 

Toucan crossing rules and how to use one

Pedestrians and cyclists

All users should press the crossing demand button and wait for a green light. The single red man signal applies to both pedestrians and cyclists but, when it is safe to cross, a green man signal and a picture of a bicycle will illuminate together. If you are on a bike, keep your speed down and be wary of pedestrians. 

Drivers

Drivers should behave at Toucan crossings in much the same way they would at Pelican and Puffin crossings. If a cyclist decides to join the road at this crossing, it is important to give them a safe amount of space.

Pedestrian crossings explained

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