writes in the Times today bemoaning the decline of the zebra crossing on British roads. He rightly points out that the zebra crossing allows the pedestrian to cross the road without waiting and doesn't needlessly hold up traffic, as happens when the lights of a pelican crossing still turn red despite the pedestrian having long since crossed.
Furthermore, I would suggest that the zebra crossing is a very British thing; relying on goodwill and bonhomie
on the part of the motorist and pedestrian alike. No intervention of machines is required to regulate proceedings, merely a cheerful wave of gratitude from the crosser and a nod of recognition from the driver is all that is needed.