What is believed to be London’s first ‘Tiger Crossing’ has been unveiled on London Cycle Network route 9 in Hackney (London Cycling Campaign).
A Tiger Crossing combines a pedestrian zebra with a crossing for people on bikes. They are called Tiger because early versions had yellow stripes on black tarmac.
The crossing in Hackney had previously been marked with informal white blocks but, according to London Cycling Campaign, some drivers were uncertain about giving way to bikes and pedestrians. Now people on bikes get the same priority as pedestrians on the zebra.
London Cycling Campaign says this is “possibly the first such crossing in London, it may even be the first in the UK”, whereas in the Netherlands this type of arrangement is very common.
London Cycling Campaign says: “The simple effectiveness of this layout should be attractive to every other borough and highway authority in the UK. It is far cheaper and easier to install than a signalized crossing. It also means that there is less delay and higher level of service for all road users.”