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Pedestrian safety

Pedestrian crossovers, countdown signals and accessible signals help make the City’s roads safer for pedestrians.

Pedestrian crossovers

A pedestrian crossover is a type of crossing where drivers must come to a full stop to allow pedestrians to cross roads safely. Crossovers are different from crosswalks, which are usually located at intersections with stop signs or traffic signals.

Pedestrian crossovers are located on streets between intersections, at roundabouts, or at right-hand turn lanes with specific signs and pavement markings.

Crossover with signs and pavement markings*

Crossover at right-turn with signs and pavement markings*

Safety tips for using pedestrian crossovers

If you’re a pedestrian or a cyclist crossing the road:

  • If the crossover has lights, push the button to activate the lights so drivers know you want to cross
  • Make eye contact with drivers so they see you before you cross
  • Make sure all vehicles have stopped before you cross
  • Walk your bike across the road

If you’re a driver or cyclist approaching a crossover:

  • Slow down and look for pedestrians
  • Stop at the painted white triangles
  • Wait for all pedestrians to cross the road completely
  • Don’t pass other stopped vehicles

Fines

Drivers must come to a full stop at crossovers to allow pedestrians to cross safely. If you do not stop completely for pedestrians at a crossover, you can be fined up to $1000 and issued four demerit points on your driver’s licence. For more information, contact the Ministry of Transportation.

Pedestrian traffic signals

These signals help pedestrians cross the street at intersections with traffic lights. The City installs signals at busy intersections and crossings in the middle of a block (mid-block crossings) on City streets.

Safety tips for using pedestrian signals

  • If there is a push button present, press it and wait for the walk signal to appear. The button sends a signal to the traffic computer that someone is waiting to cross.
  • Don’t start crossing until the walk signal appears
  • Don’t start crossing if the solid orange hand signal appears. You may not have enough time to cross the street.
  • If you’re already halfway across and the solid orange hand signal starts flashing, keep walking

Countdown signals

Pedestrian countdown signals show a numerical countdown so you can see how much time you have left to safely cross the street. The City installs these at locations with a high volume of pedestrians. Countdown signals also give pedestrians more time to cross.

Accessible signals

Accessible or audible pedestrian signals help individuals who are blind or visually impaired to cross the road safely. In North America, these signals indicate north south crossings with a cuckoo sound, and east west crossings with a peeping (or Canadian Melody) sound.

Contact us

If you have any questions about pedestrian crossovers or signals or a pedestrian signal on a City road is not working properly, please call 311 (905-615-4311 outside City limits).

If you have a question or concern about a pedestrian signals on a regional road, please contact the Region of Peel.

*Images courtesy of the Ministry of Transportation and the Region of Peel

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