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    Zig Zag lines at a pedestrian crossing

    A bit off topic but does anyone know what year these started and a link to it, I cant find anything.

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    I think it was 1977

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    here you go..

    In 1934 special 'pedestrian crossings' with 'Belisha Beacons' were introduced in London, these latter marked an approved pedestrian crossing point and consisted of a black and white pole topped by a large orange coloured glass sphere with a light inside. The Belisha beacon, named after Leslie Hoar-Belisha the Minister of Transport, was initially accompanied by a striped white line pattern on the road. The original beacons with a light mounted inside a glass orange sphere proved too tempting for vandals and the spheres were then changed for painted aluminium. These beacons spread quite slowly, it was the early 1940's before they arrived in Wigan, and by that time the white lines marking the walkway had been dropped in favour of two lines of silver metal studs set into the road surface. In 1942 the Kerb Drill for children was launched to help them cross the road where a crossing was not available (look right, look left, look right again and if all is clear walk ahead). The 'Zebra Crossing' with black and white stripes on the road was not introduced until 1951 and in 1952 the Belisha beacons were fitted with plastic orange spheres with a flashing light inside, one odd variant seen in built up areas has a head to prevent the flashing light annoying nearby households. The push-button operated traffic light type of pedestrian crossing was first trialed in Croyden in the early 1930s (prior to the Belisha beacon) but the modern 'pelican crossings' appeared in 1969. Zig zag lines indicating 'no parking' were added to either side of the zebra crossings in 1971, they were added to Pelican Crossings only on the later 1980s.

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    1971 !!, i am getting old, Thanks.

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    No your'e not I can remember when there were NO yellow lines anywhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyboy View Post
    No your'e not I can remember when there were NO yellow lines anywhere!
    And it would take a whole night and a full tank of gas, just to do one circuit. lol

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