Definition of puffin crossing in English:

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puffin crossing

noun

(In the UK) a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights which go green again only when no more pedestrians are detected on the crossing by infrared detectors and mats.
Example sentences
  • The work to convert the zebra crossing into a puffin crossing is set to start in October and has received funding from Bradford Council's Highways Department.
  • Mrs Allen said the school had a puffin crossing and a crossing patrol, but there had been no applicants to man a second patrol post.
  • An application has been made to install a puffin crossing outside The Sun pub in Bradford Old Road and a mini roundabout at the road's junction with Cottingley Moor Road to ease heavy traffic.

Origin

1990s: puffin from p(edestrian) u(ser) f(riendly) in(telligent), respelled after the bird's name by analogy with pelican crossing.

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