Pedestrian Crossovers

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.

It is the responsibility of 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 crossing, follow rules for pedestrians; dismount and walk your bike. Learn more about safe cycling.
  • When riding with traffic, follow rules for drivers

Pedestrians

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

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

Crosswalks

  • Found at a regular traffic signal, stop sign, school crossing or other intersection
  • Sometimes have "ladder" style stripes that mark the crossing area
  • Motorists do not have to wait for pedestrians to cross the full width before proceeding

Pedestrian Crossovers

  • Can be found at any stretch of roadway, not necessarily at an intersection
  • Always have "ladder" style stripes that mark the crossing area
  • Always have roadside signage that says "Stop for Pedestrians"
  • 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 full width of the road 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.

Pedestrian crossover classification

Type B illustration

Type B illustration

Type B

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

Type C illustration

Type C

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

Type D illustration

Type D

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

Existing and future crossover locations

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 crossovers will be introduced in fall/winter 2018 at:

  • Colonel William Parkway at Stocksbridge Avenue (Type C)
  • Pilgrims Way at Taplow Creek Trail (Type C)
  • Lakeshore Road West at Bronte Athletic Park Walk (Type B)
  • Sixth Line at Elm Road (Type C)
  • Stewart Street at Maurice Drive (Type D)
  • Rebecca Street at Brock Street (Type B)
  • Linbrook Road at Linbrook School (Type B)
  • Dunn Street at Church Street (Type B)

Crossovers implemented earlier in 2018:

  • Pine Glen Road at Millstone Park (Type C)
  • North Ridge Trail at Crosstown Trail (Type C)
  • Nautical Boulevard at Nautical Park (Type D)
  • Central Park Drive at Gatwick Drive (Type B)

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.

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:

  • 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.