Belisha beacon

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Abbey Road zebra crossing with Belisha beacon on right


Named after Leslie Hore-Belisha, the Minister of Transport who introduced them in 1934.


Belisha beacon (plural Belisha beacons)

  1. (Britain) A tall black and white pole topped by flashing orange globe, placed on either side of the road at zebra crossings; mostly now replaced by more sophisticated arrangements.
    • 1935 January 10, “Cyclists air their grievances on road safety”, in The Guardian[1]:
      A police constable concealed in a doorway in City Road, Finsbury, saw a youth of seventeen, who had two others with him, climb a Belisha beacon and break the globe with his fist. It was the hundredth beacon globe to be broken in Finsbury since November.

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