Walking the talk: pedestrian crossovers

Road safety for pedestrians


The City of Vaughan is committed to continuing to develop cycling and pedestrian options to ensure residents can safely travel around the city. A pedestrian crossover pilot project is the next step.

Introducing new types of pedestrian crossovers

Recent changes to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation legislation now allow municipalities to use three new types of pedestrian crossovers. Pedestrian crossovers are designated areas for pedestrians to safely cross the road. All vehicles and bicycles must stop and yield the entire roadway. The crossovers are identified by specific signs, pavement markings and lights. Some have illuminated overhead lights and pedestrian push buttons.                                                       

New legislation for pedestrian crossovers

Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, drivers (including cyclists) must stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian crossovers and school crossings that are attended by a crossing guard. Drivers and cyclists who do not yield may be fined $150 to $500 and face three demerit points. Fines will be doubled in community safety zones.

What’s the difference between crosswalks and crossovers?


A crosswalk is usually found at intersections. Vehicles and bicycles must obey traffic signals, and pedestrians must obey pedestrian crossing signals located at each crosswalk. Crossovers typically — but not always — have flashing signals or an illuminated sign that extends across the street. Crossovers also include signage and painted lines on the roads.

Safety tips for pedestrians

  • Make eye contact with drivers
  • Make sure drivers see you before you cross
  • Make sure drivers in both directions are prepared to stop for you where necessary
  • Begin to cross only once you are satisfied it is safe to cross
  • Continue to watch drivers as you cross



(Illustrations of two examples of pedestrian crossovers)

Safety tips for drivers

  • Expect pedestrians
  • Slow down when you approach crossover signs and markings
  • You are not permitted to pass another vehicle at these crossings
  • If a pedestrian is crossing or is about to cross the road, bring your vehicle to a safe stop
  • Let pedestrians cross — you must remain stopped for the entire time they are on the road

For more information about the new pedestrian crossovers and their locations, please visit vaughan.ca/PedestrianCrossover.

All illustrations used with permission from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Visit the City of Vaughan’s website at vaughan.ca.

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