Pedestrian Crossing
Inventor John Peake Knight
John Peake Knight
Born13 January 1828
Died23 July 1886 | Age 58

John Peake Knight - 1868
The first pedestrian crossing was erected in Bridge Street, Westminster, London, in December 1868. Knight, a railway engineer, wanted a safe way to allow pedestrians to cross this busy thoroughfare.
First Traffic Light
First Traffic Light

The traffic signal constructed by the railway signal engineers Saxby & Farmer. It used gas lamps, and was manually operated. A police constable used a lever at the base of the light pole to switch between the red and green lamps.
Plaque 1st traffic light
Plaque 1st traffic light


Zebra Crossing 1951
The zebra crossing was first installed in Slough, Berkshire England on the 31st October 1951. Authorities were looking for a way to make pedestrian crossings more visible to road users and the public.
Abbey Road Zebra Crossing
Abbey Road Zebra Crossing
The idea of painting broad white stripes was put forward by the Transport and Road Research Laboratory and eventually approved. MP James Callaghan commented that the design resembled zebra markings and the terminology stuck.

George Charlesworth 1951

Traffic engineer George Charlesworth had worked on the Barnes Wallis-designed Bouncing_bomb was dubbed ‘Dr Zebra’. Charlesworth headed the team who pioneered the black-and-white markings pilot schemes that led to the markings being adopted universally throughout the world.
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