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Pelican Pedestrians

Updated  Sa 1-Jun-24

Man and his granddaughter wait to cross the road at a pelican crossing.

Made in 1969, this cartoon introduced pedestrians to a brand new way to safely cross the road - at traffic lights they could control by pushing a button. Deryck Guyler is the voice of the grandad teaching his granddaughter how to use the crossing.

Pelican crossings are now rare: most have been replaced by the puffin crossing, which has no flashing green man. In this film the lights show the original crossing, where the red and green man had no circular hoods.

A man and his granddaughter are waiting to cross the road at a pelican crossing. He begins to explain how the crossing works…

Grandad:

Now this is a

PEDESTRIAN
LIGHT
CONTROLLED
CROSSING.

The

PELICAN CROSSING.

To cross the road, you press the button and wait. Wait until the red man changes to the green man.

Close-up of green man. Crossing makes beeping sound.

See? Yes, now if all's clear, we can cross.

They cross the road.

There we are. Oh dear, I've left me brolly behind.

Girl:

I'll get it, Grandad!

Grandad:

No! Stop! The green man is flashing.

Girl:

Ooh!

Grandad:

Yes. That means the lights are about to change.

Girl:

Ooh!

Grandad:

So you mustn't start to cross.

Girl:

Ooh! I see.

Grandad:

There's a good girl. Now remember, you have to wait until the red man changes to green. Then, if all is clear, cross.

Close-up of traffic light is in thought cloud above Grandad's head. Crossing beeps on green man as before.

Girl:

Ah!

Grandad:

Don't forget, when the green man flashes, it's too late to step out.

There... Oh, it's started to rain. [Sniffs.] Wish I'd brought me brolly!

You can see this Public Information Film on the "Charley Says..." DVD.

In the original version of this film, which can be seen on the DVD and re-released "Charley Says..." video, the crossing doesn't beep when the green man is shown; pelican crossings didn't have this feature to begin with. The later version with added beeping was on the original VHS release.

There was another cartoon to accompany this one, explaining how the crossings worked from the motorist's point of view.

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