Pedestrian Crossovers

What is a pedestrian crossover?

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.

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What's the difference?

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.

What do I do at a pedestrian crossover?

It is the responsibility of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to understand and follow the rules of the road. Here are some guidelines:

Drivers

  • Look for the signs and slow down. Be prepared to stop for pedestrians waiting to cross the road
  • Stop behind the yield line. You do not need to stop if you can see there is no-one waiting to cross
  • Make eye contact so pedestrian sees you
  • Wait until pedestrian completely crosses road before proceeding
  • You may proceed once the pedestrian has reached the other side, even if the lights are still flashing, as long as you have looked to make sure no-one else is intending to cross the road

Pedestrians

  • Stand close to the curb. If the crossover has button-activated lights, push the button
  • Hold your hand out in front of you indicating you are waiting to cross the road 
  • Look both ways and wait for traffic to stop
  • Make eye contact to ensure driver sees you before you step onto the road

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

What do they look like?

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.

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

Where are the pedestrian crossovers in Oakville?

Existing pedestrian 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 pedestrian crossovers were added in December 2019:

  • Westoak Trails Boulevard at Fourteen Mile Creek Trail (east of Ashmore Drive) - Type C
  • Pilgrims Way at Glen Abbey Trail (east of Pineway Court) - Type C
  • Munn's Avenue at Munn's Creek Trail (north of Rimmington Drive) - Type D
  • White Oaks Boulevard at Algrove Park (south of Erin Street) - Type C
  • Sir David Drive at Clearview Park Walk (north of Greenwood Crescent) - Type D
  • Marine Drive at 2185 (west of Southaven Place/Windhaven Place) - Type C
  • River Glen Boulevard at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Elementary School - Type C
  • McCraney Street at Sewell Drive - Type B
  • Pine Glen Road at Newcastle Crescent - Type C
  • Bronte Road at Sovereign - Type B
  • Robinson Street at George Street - Type B

 

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

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:

  • 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.