Humped pelican?

We’re back from London, and I’m hoping that crowd-sourced knowledge can answer a pressing question.

What the heck is a humped pelican?

pelican crossing sign

I took this in Greenwich, and remain baffled two days later. Here’s hoping enlightenment comes in the comments…


About Fletcher DeLancey

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7 Responses to Humped pelican?

  1. Kas says:

    A pelican Crossing is a pedestrain crossing controlledby traffic lights. Humped means that the crossing is raised in the road forcing traffic to slow down

  2. Inge says:

    According to wiki:

    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 men facing the pedestrian from across the road – a red, stationary man to indicate that it is not safe to cross, and a green, walking man to indicate that it is safe to do so. The name is derived from PELICON, an acronym of pedestrian light controlled. The term Pelican crossing originated in the United Kingdom, and is not in official use elsewhere, but similar traffic control devices are in use throughout the world.

  3. CoolNik says:

    I have always understood pelican crossings to be as described and zebra crossings to be pedestrian crossing without the push buttions and the red/green walking men. A “sleeping policeman” is a hump in the road sans the pedestrian crossing!

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