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Pedestrian Crossovers

The Province of Ontario has amended the Highway Traffic Act to design new pedestrian crossovers for municipal use. An amendment to the Act requires all vehicles to stop and yield the entire width of the road to pedestrians at pedestrian crossovers.

The Making Ontario Roads Safer Act allows municipalities to install controlled pedestrian crossings at locations that do not have traffic signals, stop signs or yield signs.

The City of Greater Sudbury will install 20 pedestrian crossovers at various locations to improve pedestrian safety. Construction of the new pedestrian crossovers is underway and is expected to be complete by the end of November, 2016.

(Animation courtesy of the City of Ottawa)

What is a Pedestrian Crossover?

Pedestrian crossovers are a new way for pedestrians to cross the road where there are no traffic lights or stop signs. Motorists and cyclists must come to a complete stop when pedestrians indicate they want to cross the road at a crossover.

All traffic must remain stopped until pedestrians reach the sidewalk or a raised median island on the opposite side of the road. “Herding” – proceeding to drive directly behind a pedestrian as they are walking across the road – is an offence under the Highway Traffic Act.

These rules also apply to school crossings and other locations where a crossing guard is present. Regulations at pedestrian crossovers do not apply to intersections with stop signs or traffic signals but motorists must always drive safely and courteously.

How do I know what to look for?

Pedestrian crossovers will have:

  • Stop for Pedestrian signs installed on both sides of the road
  • Painted markings on the road for the pedestrian crossing
  • Painted yield bars on the road to indicate where vehicles and bicycles must stop

Tactile Warning Strip for the visually impaired

Some but not all pedestrian crossovers will have flashing lights as an added warning to motorists.

Some but not all pedestrian crossovers will have tactile warning strips at the curb -- knobs on the sidewalk to alert the visually impaired that they are about to step onto the road.

Pedestrian crossovers will be located near intersections, on straight stretches and in right turn lanes. Motorists must not pass within 30 metres of a pedestrian crossover.

What do Pedestrian Crossovers look like?

There are three new types of pedestrian crossovers in the Province of Ontario.

Type D:

Pedestrian Crossing without flashing lights

A Type D pedestrian crossover will have Stop for Pedestrian signs on both sides of the road, ladder crosswalk markings on the road and yield bars on the road to indicate where vehicles and bicycles must stop.

Pedestrians using these crossovers should point across the road to let motorists know they wish to cross.

Pedestrians must wait for traffic to come to a complete stop before crossing the road. Motorists and cyclists must wait for pedestrians to reach the opposite sidewalk or a raised median island before proceeding.

Type D pedestrian crossovers have been installed in the following locations (Open  the week of November 14, 2016):

Close to: Bus Stop serving Routes 7 and 147 & Junction Creek Waterway Park

Close to: Bus Stop serving Routes 101, 102 and 241 & Trail system to Junction Creek Waterway Park, Bell Park and Science North

Close to: Bus Stop serving Routes 101, 102 and 241 & Elgin Street (CP Rail) Parking

Close to: Twin Forks Playground & Junction Creek Waterway Park

Type D pedestrian crossovers have also been installed in the right turn lanes of the following intersections (Open  the week of November 14, 2016):

Close to: New Sudbury Centre

Close to: Sudbury Tax Services Office

Close to: Tom Davies Square

Close to: Rainbow Centre

Close to: Southridge Mall

Close to: Lockerby Composite School

Type C:

Pedestrian Crossover with Flashing Lights

A Type C pedestrian crossover will have flashing amber lights, Stop for Pedestrian signs on both sides of the road, ladder crosswalk markings on the road and yield bars on the road to indicate where vehicles and bicycles must stop.

Pedestrians using these crossovers must press the pedestrian push button to turn on the flashing amber lights and point across the road to let motorists know they wish to cross.

Pedestrians must wait for traffic to come to a complete stop before crossing the road. Motorists and cyclists must wait for pedestrians to reach the opposite sidewalk or a raised median island before proceeding.

Type C pedestrian crossovers will be installed in the following locations:

Close to: Tom Davies Square & Sudbury Theatre Centre

Close to: Rainbow Centre & Downtown Transit Terminal

Close to: Bus Stop serving Routes 17 and 147 & Frood Hotel

Close to: Bus Stop serving Routes 501 and 502 & Junction Creek Waterway Park

Type B:

 

A Type B pedestrian crossover will have flashing amber lights, Stop for Pedestrian signs on both sides of the road and above the road, ladder crosswalk markings on the road and yield bars on the road to indicate where vehicles and bicycles must stop.

Pedestrians using these crossovers must press the pedestrian push button to turn on the flashing amber lights and point across the road to let motorists know they wish to cross.

Pedestrians must wait for traffic to come to a complete stop before crossing the road. Motorists and cyclists must wait for pedestrians to reach the opposite sidewalk or a raised median island before proceeding.

Type B pedestrian crossovers have been  installed in the following locations (Open  the week of November 14, 2016):

Close to: Bus Stop serving Routes 300, 302, 401, 402 & Cambrian College

Close to: Meadowbrook Retirement Village & Cedarbrook Apartments

What are the rules of a pedestrian crossover?

All traffic, including bicycles, must yield to pedestrians. Traffic must remain stopped until pedestrians have stepped onto the sidewalk on the opposite side of the road or onto a raised median island on divided roads.

Pedestrians must:

  • Push a button to turn on flashing lights where available
  • Point across the road to let motorists know they wish to cross
  • Give motorists and cyclists enough time to stop, paying special attention when roads are wet, icy or snow covered
  • Try to make eye contact with motorists
  • Cross only when traffic has come to a complete stop and it is safe to do so

Cyclists can be fined $85 for failing to dismount and walk their bicycle when using a pedestrian crossover.

Pedestrians can be fined $35 for moving into the path of a vehicle that is so close that it is impossible for the motorist to stop safely.

Motorists and cyclists must:

  • Watch for pedestrians who would like to cross the road
  • Come to a complete stop at the yield bar
  • Remain stopped until pedestrians reach the opposite sidewalk or raised median island
  • Proceed with caution, watching for other pedestrians, when the way is clear
  • Avoid passing other vehicles within 30 metres of a pedestrian crossover

Drivers and cyclists can be fined from $150 to $500 and 3 demerit points for failing to yield to pedestrians at pedestrian crossovers.

We Want To Hear From You

Please provide your feedback on the Pedestrian Crossover program by email to traffic@greatersudbury.ca