Pedestrian Crossing Safety
New rules at pedestrian crossovers and school crossings effective Jan 1, 2016.
Drivers and cyclists must stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian crossovers; and at school crossings where there is a crossing guard displaying a school crossing stop sign. Only when pedestrians and school crossing guards are safely on the sidewalk, can drivers and cyclists proceed. This is part of Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act.
New Pedestrian Crossing Safety Rules apply at pedestrian crossovers identified with specific signs, road markings and lights – the new rules do not apply to pedestrian crosswalks at intersections with stop signs or traffic signals, unless a school crossing guard is present.
Read more about what you and your family need to know about pedestrian crossing safety.
For Cyclists & Drivers:
It is up to cyclists, drivers and pedestrians to keep everyone safe on Ontario roads. Learn more about how to stay safe as a pedestrian and as a cyclist or driver.
Pay special attention to pedestrians as you cycle or drive. Here are some tips to follow:
- Always look for pedestrians, especially when turning.
- Watch for children. Cycle or drive slowly and cautiously through school zones, residential areas, or any other area where children could be walking or playing.
- Watch out for Community Safety Zone signs that indicate areas where there is a special risk to pedestrians.
- Be patient, especially with seniors or pedestrians with disabilities who need more time to cross the road.
- Cycle or drive carefully near streetcar stops with islands or zones for passengers getting on and off. Pass them at reasonable speeds, and always be ready in case pedestrians make sudden or unexpected moves.
- Cross only at marked crosswalks or traffic lights. Don’t cross in the middle of the block or between parked cars.
- Make sure drivers see you before you cross. If the driver is stopped, make eye contact before you step into the road.
- Wear bright or light-coloured clothing or reflective strips, especially at dusk or when it’s dark.
- At a traffic light:
- Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop.
- Cross at the start of a green light.
- Don’t cross once the “Don’t Walk” signal starts to flash or the light turns yellow.
- Never cross on a red light.
- Watch for traffic turning at intersections or turning into and leaving driveways.
Drivers will be fined $150 to $500 and 3 demerit points for offences at pedestrian crossings, school crossings and at crosswalks where there are traffic signals. The maximum fine for running a red light – a practice that puts pedestrians at risk – is $200 to $1000.
Fines are doubled in Community Safety Zones, near schools and public areas. These areas are clearly marked with signs.
Show your children how to cross a road safely. Teach them to:
- Stay to the side of the road, walking as far away from traffic as they safely can
- Stop and look both ways at the edge of the sidewalk before they cross a road
- Take extra care on roadways that have no curbs
- Watch out for blind corners (for example, a car coming out of an alley may not see a child pedestrian about to cross).