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Torrevieja Zebra Crossings

Torrevieja zebra crossings can be somewhat confusing to new visitors to the city. They can also be a nightmare to drivers as they’re literally everywhere. Although they can vary slightly from country to country, they basically give right of way to pedestrians. Some are located on raised speed humps. Others may have additional yellow beacons on either side of the road. And yet others may have traffic lights and red and green pedestrian signals indicating when to walk.

Torrevieja Zebra Crossings

The majority of Torrevieja city centre is laid out in a grid square. The main dual roads run through the city parallel to the beach. These are crossed by smaller single streets. The majority of these are one way. As you travel through the city parallel to the beach, one city block will have a one way going towards the beach, then the next block the one way will head away from the beach. In theory this works well once you’ve got used to it and keeps the traffic flowing.

Problems With Torrevieja Zebra Crossings

Where the problems arise with the Torrevieja zebra crossings is they can be on both sides of the main dual roads. Let’s use Av. de las Habaneras for an example. It is one of the few main dual roads running through the city centre parallel to the beach. Most others are one way, just like the smaller streets. So for instance you are on one of the one way streets heading down to the beach. When you get to the stop sign at Av. de las Habaneras there is also a zebra crossing.

This is sensible as vehicles have to slow and stop at the crossing anyway. Where the problem arises is there is also a zebra crossing on the other side of Av. de las Habaneras. So, once you have waited for an adequate gap in the traffic you start to cross. Then someone walks onto the zebra crossing on the other side of the road, causing you to stop your vehicle in the middle of a main road with traffic coming at you from both ways! Not a good idea Torrevieja Council.

Torrevieja Zebra Crossings At Traffic Lights

Torrevieja zebra crossings at main traffic lights are just downright dangerous. If a main traffic light has a line for where vehicles must stop and green and red ‘walking man’ traffic signals to show when pedestrians can cross, this is adequate and the norm in most countries. By adding a zebra crossing is just giving the wrong signal to pedestrians. Many holidaymakers, and trust me I see them on a daily basis, regard a zebra crossing as their right of way, even if the traffic signal for pedestrians is red and the traffic is flowing! No wonder horns are heard regularly.

Red Days Spain

Public Holidays or Red Days happen throughout the year, it was traditional to mark these days on a calendar in Red hence they are widely known in Spain as a Red Day.

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