Haldimand County continues to roll out pedestrian crossover installation program
Haldimand County’s pedestrian crossover installation program continues to roll out across the community. Crossovers in Cayuga, Jarvis, Hagersville, Byng and Dunnville will be installed over the next month in addition to the two crossovers already in place in Dunnville and Caledonia.
Haldimand County’s first pedestrian crossover was installed in 2020 on Main St. in Dunnville between Bridge St. & Queen St. Since then, staff have worked to establish costing, location criteria and potential additional locations in consultation with members of Council.
Current crossover locations include:
Dunnville – Main St. between Bridge St. & Queen St. (September 2020)
Caledonia – Argyle St. N at Sutherland St. (September 2022)
Locations for soon-to-be installed crossovers include:
Cayuga – Talbot St. (Hwy 3) @ Thorburn St.
Jarvis – Talbot St. (Hwy 3) @ Saunders Dr.
Hagersville – Main St. (Hwy 6) @ Marathon St.
Byng – Rainham Rd. (Rd. 3) @ Port Maitland Rd. (Rd. 11)
Dunnville – George St. (Hwy 3) @ Lock St.
A pedestrian crossover differs from a pedestrian crosswalk. Crosswalks are most often located at an intersection with traffic signals, pedestrian signals or stop signs, whereas crossovers are a designated pedestrian crossing in the roadway, usually not at an intersection.
By law, drivers and cyclists must stop and yield to pedestrians wanting to cross the road and wait for them to completely reach the other side before driving through the crossover.
All crossovers throughout the county will feature signage stating ‘Stop for Pedestrians’ along with yellow flashing lights that are activated at the push of a button (by a pedestrian wanting to cross). The crossover is identified on the roadway by ladder-style pavement markings and triangle yield lines (‘sharks teeth’) on each approach, indicating where drivers and cyclists need to stop.
It is the responsibility of both drivers and pedestrians to understand and follow the rules of the road.
- Pay attention to what’s around you and be prepared to stop for pedestrians waiting to cross the road.
- Stop behind the marked yield line. You don’t need to stop if there is no-one waiting to cross.
- Make eye contact with pedestrians to make sure they see you.
- Allow the pedestrian to cross the entire width of the road before driving through the crossover
- You may drive with caution once the road is clear, even if the lights are still flashing. Make sure you have looked to see that no-one else is wanting to cross the road.
- Use caution.
- Make sure the driver or cyclist has enough time to stop before you begin to cross.
- Stand close to the curb. If the crossover has button-activated lights, press it to activate the flashing lights.
- Hold your hand out in front of you indicating you are waiting to cross the road, making sure drivers can see you before you begin cross.
- Look both ways and look for traffic to stop.
- Make eye contact to make sure the driver or cyclist sees you before you step onto the road.
- Cross when traffic has come to complete stop and you feel it’s safe.
- When crossing, dismount, follow the rules for pedestrians and walk with your bike.
- When riding with traffic, follow rules for drivers.
For more information on pedestrian crossovers, visit www.HaldimandCounty.ca/pedestrian-crossovers.