Durham Region reminds pedestrians and drivers about crossover safety

Whitby, Ontario – With children going back to school, and in support of Durham Vision Zero, the Region of Durham, Works Department reminds residents to take extra care around pedestrian crossovers.

Pedestrian crossovers are a way for pedestrians to easily and safely cross the road typically where there are no traffic signals. Crossovers are different from crosswalks, which appear at signalized intersections. By law, drivers and cyclists must stop and yield to pedestrians in a crossover intending to cross the road and wait for them to completely reach the other side before driving ahead.

Pedestrian crossovers have special ladder-style stripes that indicate the crossing area and marked yield bars showing where drivers must stop. Some crossovers have flashing lights that are activated by pedestrian push buttons. Signs are also present telling drivers to stop for pedestrians.

“The Region recently installed additional rectangular flashing beacons to the pedestrian crossover on Reach Street in Uxbridge to increase awareness with local residents,” said Steven Kemp, Manager of Traffic Engineering and Operations. “This is an innovative technique that’s never been done before with crossovers that will hopefully increase awareness as well as pedestrian and motorist safety.”

How to use a crossover as a pedestrian: If there is a push button, press the pedestrian push button and cross when all vehicles (including cyclists) have come to a complete stop. If a push button is not present, be sure to make eye contact with motorists before stepping into the crossover.

How to use a crossover as a motorist: Come to a complete stop when signals are flashing or when pedestrians are within the crossover. Drivers must not proceed until the signals have stopped flashing or until pedestrians are no longer in the crossover.

For more information on crossovers, and pedestrian, road and traffic safety, visit durham.ca/Traffic.

About Durham Vision Zero

Durham Vision Zero is a long-term, multi-agency strategy to create safer roads for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. Learn more at durham.ca/VisionZero.

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For more information, please contact Durham Region Corporate Communications.