BRAMPTON, ON (Sept. 12, 2014) – Caledon’s new crossride is now up and running. Built on Airport Road to facilitate the high volume of pedestrians and cyclists crossing at the Caledon Trailway, the new crossride is a twist on a traditional crosswalk that allows both pedestrians and cyclists to use the crossing together.
Featuring crosswalk signals for pedestrians and traffic lights for cyclists, the crossride allows users to ride their bikes through the intersection alongside pedestrians. Traditional crosswalks require cyclists to dismount and walk their bikes across the road.
“The Region of Peel is committed in our efforts to try and create healthier and more walkable communities,” said Regional Chair Emil Kolb. “This new crossride provides an opportunity for the citizens of Caledon to use the Caledon Trailway safely and to experience the natural beauty of our Region.”
For the convenience of cyclists and pedestrians, the Region of Peel has installed three push buttons on each side of the intersection to activate the crossride. Two are located on the signal poles located at the edge of the road; one is for cyclists and one is for pedestrians. The third is located on an innovative footrest at the edge of the trail. The footrest allows cyclists to stay upright while they wait for the light to change.
The crossride is the first built in Caledon. The Region will review more locations for crossrides on a case-by-case basis throughout the Region.