COPENHAGEN crossings have been introduced around the borough in a bid to make it easier for pedestrians to navigate busy streets.

The crossings are among the first in the UK and have been implemented under the council’s mini Holland scheme.

They work by blending the pavement into the road, signalling to drivers they are entering a pedestrian area where they must allow pedestrians to move.

There are plans to introduce numerous Copenhan crossings in minor side roads, like the one in Hoe Street, Walthamstow.

“It’s important that pedestrians, cyclists and motorists are aware of how these new junctions should be approached,” said Cllr Loakes, cabinet member for environment.

“I suspect at first they will be viewed with some trepidation, but hope people get used to them and take advantage of the extra safety they provide.

“We will monitor behaviour at the revised junctions for a trial period via video and we’ve also introduced signage to explain the new layout.

“Besides serving an important role as a traffic calming measure, the Copenhagen style crossings will also make the borough more attractive.”

Schools, churches and market stalls have been visited by the council in recent weeks in a drive to improve cycling safety.

Last week, Dr Bike checked people’s cycles for free and there was a Pop-Up Bike Market held at St John’s The Baptist Church in Leytonstone on 28 November.

The mini Holland scheme has been implemented in the village while other areas, are awaiting consultation results to see the final plans.