Pedestrian crossings

Pedestrian crossings help you get from one side of the road to the other, but the type of crossing—crosswalk or crossover—affects how pedestrians and drivers should behave.

The biggest behaviour difference between crosswalks and crossovers is how long a driver must wait before proceeding through the crossing.

  • Crosswalks: drivers must wait until pedestrians have cleared a portion of the roadway before proceeding, except when an adult guard is present, then drivers must wait until the pedestrians and the adult crossing guard have cleared the entire roadway before proceeding.
  • Crossovers: drivers must wait until pedestrians have cleared the entire roadway before proceeding.

How to spot a crossover

Crossovers have:

  • Shark teeth (a line of triangles) that show where drivers should stop, and
  • “Stop for pedestrians” signs on the roadside; signs may also include flashing lights and/or overhead signs

How crossovers work

Crossover rules and tips for pedestrians:

  • If there is a push button for lights, press it to turn on the flashing lights before crossing
  • Make it clear that you want to cross the road, make eye contact and ensure drivers and cyclists see you
  • Make sure drivers and cyclists have enough time to stop, and have fully stopped, before you cross

Crossover rules and tips for drivers and cyclists:

  • Watch for pedestrians waiting to cross the road and make eye contact
  • Stop for pedestrians at the yield line of shark teeth (a line of triangles)
  • Allow pedestrians to clear the entire roadway before proceeding (note that intersections with crossing guards require motorists and cyclists to wait until all pedestrians and the crossing guard have cleared the entire roadway before proceeding)
  • Do not pass other vehicles within 30 metres of the crossover
  • Cyclists who wish to use the crossover to cross the roadway must dismount and walk their bike

Penalties for drivers 

You can be fined of up to $300 and get three demerit points for failing to yield at pedestrian crossovers. As of September 1, 2018, fines will increase to up to $1,000 and demerit points will increase to four.

How we select locations for crossings

We follow provincially accepted guidelines when deciding where to put pedestrian crossings, and which style of crossing to use.

When a new request for a pedestrian crossing is submitted to us, we schedule a traffic study to collect pedestrian and traffic volumes. This information lets us know if a crossing is needed. We then decide which type of crossing should be used based on how many lanes the road has, the posted speed limit and traffic volumes.

Pedestrian crossovers are used when there are enough pedestrians crossing the roadway, but not enough to warrant a signalized crossing.

Request a pedestrian crossing

Think a road could use a pedestrian crossing? Let us know by email or call us at 519-822-1260 extension 3414 with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your phone number or email address
  • The location you think needs a pedestrian crossing (e.g. Memorial Avenue at Goldie Crescent or Hands Drive near the MacAlister Park)

For more information

Traffic Services
traffic@guelph.ca
519-822-1260 extension 3414