Tue, 27 Feb 2018
The town is making it easier for pedestrians to get where they want to go more quickly, safely and easily with the installation of 15 new pedestrian crossovers this year. The first four crossovers will be installed in March, weather permitting. The town’s Pedestrian Safety Program, approved by Council in October 2017, recommends over 170 pedestrian crossover locations to be implemented throughout the town over the next 10-15 years.
“Council is committed to improving pedestrian options and safety for Oakville’s residents and visitors,” said Mayor Burton. “Oakville is becoming even more walkable and livable with the ongoing addition of new pedestrian crossovers.”
A pedestrian crossover is a new type of crossing where, unlike crosswalks, motorists and cyclists are required to wait for pedestrians to cross the full width of the road before proceeding. Also unlike crosswalks, which are located at traffic lights, stop signs, school crossings or other intersection, pedestrian crossovers can be found at any stretch of roadway, usually mid-block. They are marked by ladder-style stripes on the road and signage that says “Stop for Pedestrians”. They sometimes have overhead signage and lights.
The first four pedestrian crossovers being installed are located at:
The town's first pedestrian crossover was implemented in January 2017 at Navy Street and Church Street. Locations and the priority of installation are determined using a list of criteria such as safety; public demand; and connectivity to schools, seniors’ facilities, transit stops, and parks and trails.
Another eleven crossovers will be introduced later in 2018.
You can review the rules for using and approaching crossovers, along with the town’s Pedestrian Safety report on our Pedestrian Crossovers page.