Britain’s zebra crossings were first introduced in Slough in October 1951. The pedestrian crossing typically gives extra rights of way to pedestrians.
The crossing is identified by having black and white stripes on the road, parallel to the flow of the traffic. However, back in 1949 the zebra crossing was introduced to 1000 sites in the UK and had blue and yellow stripes.
Zebra crossings are used around the world however, they all have slightly different rules and meanings. In North America they are often called crosswalks and to cross in an area of the street other than the crosswalk is an offence called jaywalking. In New Zealand, if a pedestrian is crossing within 20m of the crossing they must use the crossing.
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