Pedestrian Crossovers

Pedestrian crossovers are a new way for pedestrians to easily and safely cross the road. By law, drivers and cyclists must stop and yield to pedestrians intending to cross the road, and wait for them to completely reach the other side before driving.

Pedestrian Crossovers are marked by signs and pavement markings. In some cases, but not always, they may also have pedestrian-activated flashing lights.

It is the responsibility of both drivers and pedestrians to understand and follow the rules of the road.

Drivers and cyclists

  • Pay attention to what’s around you.
  • Watch for pedestrians who would like to cross the road.
  • Stop for pedestrians at the marked yield bar.
  • Allow the pedestrian to cross the entire width of the road before driving.
  • Drive with caution when the road is clear.
  • Do not pass any other vehicle within 30 metres before a pedestrian crossover.

Pedestrians

  • Use caution.
  • Make sure the driver or cyclist has enough time to stop before you begin to cross.
  • Make it clear that you want to cross.
  • If there is a push button at the crossing, press it to activate the flashing lights.
  • Make sure the driver or cyclist sees you before you begin to cross.
  • Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop and you feel it’s safe.

What is the difference?

Crosswalks

  • Sometimes have “ladder” style stripes that mark the crossing area
  • Found at a regular traffic signal, stop sign, school crossing or other intersection
  • Motorists do not have to wait for pedestrians to cross the full width before driving

Pedestrian Crossovers

  • Always have “ladder” style stripes that mark the crossing area
  • Always have roadside signage that says “Stop for Pedestrians”
  • Always have pavement markings to show where cars and/or cyclists must stop
  • Sometimes have lights or overheads signage
  • Motorists must wait for pedestrians to cross the full width of the road before driving

Motorists and cyclists must stop and yield to pedestrians wishing to cross, and must wait for them to completely reach the other side before proceeding.

Types of crossovers

There are three types of pedestrian crossings that can be found in Hamilton. Each crossover has the same rules of the road.

Type 1

  • Lines that mark the crossing area
  • Clear place for motorists & cyclists to stop
  • Roadside signs

Type 2

  • Lines that mark the crossing area
  • Clear place for motorists & cyclists to stop
  • Roadside signs & flashing lights

Type 3

  • Lines that mark the crossing area
  • Clear place for motorists & cyclists to stop
  • Roadside signs, flashing lights & overhead signs

Contact us

For more information:
Traffic Operations
Phone: 905-546-4376
Emailtrafficops@hamilton.ca