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Pedestrian Crossover

Pedestrian Crossover ImageStaff presented a report to Committee of the Whole Council on May 22links to external site outlining the results of the pedestrian crossover warrant analysis along Centre Street at the Vivian Creek Park entrance and Mill Street in Mount Albert. The analysis identified that Centre Street at Mill Street is warranted for a pedestrian crossover.

What is a pedestrian crossover? 

Pedestrian crossovers are a type of crossing that requires drivers and cyclists stop for pedestrians intending or waiting to cross the road. Drivers and cyclists must allow pedestrians to cross entire road before proceeding. Pedestrian crossovers are marked by signs and  pavement markings. In some cases, but not always, they may also have pedestrian-activated flashing lights. 

Pedestrians have the right of way at pedestrian crossovers, drivers and cyclists must stop behind the white triangles and wait until the pedestrian completely crosses the road before proceeding. All road users must obey pedestrian crossover rules, laws are in effect around- the- clock.

It is the responsibility of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to understand and follow the rules of the road: 

Drivers and Cyclists

  • Pay attention to what’s around you.
  • Watch for pedestrians who would like to cross the road.
  • Stop for pedestrians at the white triangles.
  • Allow the pedestrian to cross the entire width of the road before driving.
  • Drive with caution when the road is clear.
  • Do not pass any other vehicle within 30 metres before a pedestrian crossover.

Pedestrians

  • Use caution.
  • Make sure the driver or cyclist has enough time to stop before you begin to cross.
  • Make it clear that you want to cross.
  • Make sure the driver or cyclist sees you before you begin to cross.
  • Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop and you feel it’s safe.

What is the difference between a pedestrian crossover and crosswalk?

Crosswalks 

  • Found at regular traffic signals, stop signs, school crossings or other intersections
  • May have "ladder" style horizontal stripes that mark the crossing area
  • Motorists do not have to wait for pedestrians to cross the entire road before proceeding

Pedestrian Crossovers

  • Can be located on any roadway, not necessarily at an intersection
  • The crossing area is always marked with "ladder" style horizontal stripes 
  • "Stop for Pedestrians" signage is installed along/near the roadway 
  • Always have pavement markings to show where cars and/or cyclists must stop
  • Sometimes have lights or overhead signage
  • Motorists must wait for pedestrians to cross the entire road before proceeding
  • What are the fines and penalties for not following the rules? 

What are the fines and penalties for not following the rules? 

Drivers and cyclists may face a fine of up to $1,000, as well as four demerit points, for more information, visit the Ministry of Transportation's website here

Questions?  

For more information, please contact the Town's Senior Traffic and Transportation Technologist at 905-478-4283 Ext. 1224