Pedestrian Crossovers

A pedestrian crossover is a new type of crossing where drivers and cyclist are required to stop for pedestrians intending to cross the road. Drivers and cyclists must allow the pedestrian to cross the full width of the 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.

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

Drivers:

  • Be prepared to stop for pedestrians
  • Stop behind the yield line
  • Make eye contact so pedestrian sees you
  • Wait until pedestrian completely crosses road before proceeding

Cyclists:

  • When riding with traffic, follow rules for drivers
  • When crossing, follow rules for pedestrians; dismount and walk your bike

Pedestrians:

  • Indicate intention to cross
  • Wait for traffic to stop
  • Make eye contact to ensure driver sees you

Pedestrian Crossover Classification

Level D

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  • Lines that mark the crossing area
  • Clear place for motorists and cyclists to stop
  • Roadside signs

Level C

Image of Pedestrian Crossover level C

  • Lines that mark the crossing area
  • Clear place for motorists and cyclists to stop
  • Roadside signs
  • Flashing lights

Level B

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  • Lines that mark the crossing area
  • Clear place for motorists and cyclists to stop
  • Roadside signs
  • Flashing lights
  • Overhead signs

Questions and answers

What is the new law around pedestrian crossovers?

As of January 1, 2016, drivers and cyclist must stop and yield the whole width of a roadway at pedestrian crossovers as well as at school crossings, and other locations where there is a crossing guard.

These new rules do not apply to pedestrian crosswalks at intersections with stop signs or traffic signals, unless a school crossing guard is present.

Drivers and cyclists can proceed only when pedestrians and school crossing guards have safely crossed to the other side of the roadway.

Why did the province make this change?

The new law responds to recommendations related to pedestrian safety in the 2012 Chief Coroner’s Report on Pedestrian Deaths. Numerous requests were also made from municipalities and safety organizations. The new law is intended to protect the most vulnerable road users: school children, pedestrians and school crossing guards.

Where does the new law apply? Not apply?

The new law applies at:

  • All pedestrian crossovers.
  • Any location where a school crossing guard is present.

The new law does not apply at:

  • Crosswalks – with or without traffic signals or stop signs – unless a school crossing guard is present

What is the difference between a pedestrian crossover and a crosswalk?

Crossover: a pedestrian crossing where signs, pavement markings,—and in some cases, poles, flashing beacons above the signs and pedestrian push buttons— alert drivers to come to a stop.

  • Motorists need to wait until the person reaches the other curb before proceeding.

Crosswalk: is used at stop signs and traffic lights.

A crosswalk is a crossing location usually found at intersections with traffic signals, pedestrian signals or stop signs. A crosswalk can be:

  • the portion of a roadway that connects sidewalks on opposite sides of the roadway into a continuous path; or,
  • the portion of a roadway that is indicated for pedestrian crossing by signs, lines or other markings on the surface of the roadway at any location, including an intersection.

Motorists DO NOT need to wait until the person reaches the other curb before proceeding.

What are the penalties for not obeying the rules?

If drivers and cyclists do not yield to pedestrians at a crossover, they may face a fine in the range of $150 to $500.  Drivers may also face three demerit points.