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A pedestrian crossover is a new type of crossing where drivers and cyclists are required to stop for pedestrians intending to cross the road.
Drivers and cyclists must allow pedestrians to cross the full width of the road before proceeding.
Pedestrian crossovers are marked by signs and pavement markings. In some cases, they may also have pedestrian-activated flashing lights.
Check out this short video, courtesy of the City of Ottawa:
We are all familiar with crosswalks which are found at intersections with traffic signals or stop signs. Pedestrian crossovers are different. They are often found at a stretch of roadway where there is no intersection. They allow people to cross the road safely without jaywalking. Unlike intersections with traffic lights or stop signs where it is safe to proceed once the pedestrian is clear of your vehicle, at pedestrian crossovers, it is the law to wait until pedestrians have completely crossed to the other side before proceeding.
For more details, review "What is the difference between a pedestrian crossover and a crosswalk?" below.
It is the responsibility of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to understand and follow the rules of the road. Here are some guidelines:
All pedestrian crossovers in Oakville are marked by lines on the road, a clear place showing where motorists should stop, roadside signs and, in most cases, flashing lights.
Pedestrian crossovers may be designed in different styles or classifications. In Oakville, you will find Type B, Type C and Type D.
The town's first pedestrian crossover was implemented in January 2017 at Navy Street and Church Street (Type B). The recently completed Pedestrian Safety Program has recommended over 170 pedestrian crossover locations throughout the town that will be implemented over the next 10-15 years.
New pedestrian crossovers were added in December 2019:
Drivers and cyclists 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.
Drivers and cyclists can proceed only when pedestrians and school crossing guards have safely crossed to the other side of the roadway.
These new rules do not apply to pedestrian crosswalks at intersections with stop signs or traffic signals, unless a school crossing guard is present.
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.
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.
The new law applies at:
The new law does not apply at: