Belisha Beacons And Zebra Crossings

Readers Digest UK

A policeman in Cardiff, capital of Wales, leads children across the street in the 1930s. By 1934, road deaths exceeded 7000 per year, so the transport minister, Leslie Hore-Belisha, introduced the striped pole topped with an orange globe.


I can’t say as I’ve ever heard of or seen a Belisha beacon (aka a pelican beacon), which began marking pedestrian crossings of roads, later painted in black and white stripes, and known as zebra crossings. Yes, like the one on Abbey Road!

abbey road

11 thoughts on “Belisha Beacons And Zebra Crossings”

  1. Well that is something I did not know. If all of those poles were in front of such huge advertisements it was a wonder anyone noticed them. I supposed old Leslie did light them up.

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      1. Well, our side yard just became a little creek about 20 min ago and now it’s bright and sunny and bipolar. The dogs are not happy about the back yard, though. Jemima has that wet ruffled dog fur look.


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