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Pedestrian Crossing Safety

Everyone has a role to play in making our roads safe.

Pedestrian crossovers are typically located:

Peel has built pedestrian crossovers in the following locations:

Crossovers are also being integrated at the right-turn channels of intersections maintained by the Region of Peel.

Drivers and cyclists must wait for pedestrians to cross the entire roadway at school crossings and pedestrian crossovers. Failure to follow this law can result in 3 demerit points and a fine of $150 to $500.

This rule does not apply at stop signs or traffic lights unless a crossing guard is present.

At stop signs and traffic lights, drivers should be extra vigilant when making left or right turns and give the right of way to pedestrians.

For cycling safety information, visit Walk and Roll Peel.

Call Peel Public Works at 905-791-7800 if a pedestrian signal is not working properly or to report a problem.

Simple crossing

Simple crossing

Before crossing

  • If there is a push button, push it to make warning lights flash.
  • Make eye contact with drivers.
  • Ensure that vehicles stop.
School crossing when a crossing guard is on duty

School crossing when a crossing guard is on duty

Safety tips for pedestrians

  • Stop, look, and listen before crossing, even when it is your turn to cross.
  • Make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you before you proceed.
  • Avoid distractions like texting, cellphones and headphones when crossing the street.
  • After dark, drivers cannot see people in dark clothing until it is too late. Be bright at night; wear reflective materials or lights when walking at night, dawn and dusk.
  • Jaywalking is dangerous; cross at pedestrian crossings.
Pedestrian crossovers identified by signs

Pedestrian crossovers identified by signs

Safety tips for drivers

  • Look for pedestrians, especially when turning left or right.
  • Avoid any handheld electronic devices (texting or talking) or other distractions when driving. Give the road your full attention.
  • Pedestrians are hard to see at night, dawn and dusk. Be extra vigilant.
  • Drive within the posted speed limits and adjust according to weather and traffic conditions.

Look for pedestrian push buttons. Pushing the button is important because it will bring up the walk signal and give you more time to cross. If there is no push button, the pedestrian signal will come up automatically.

Sometimes you need to wait an entire light cycle before the walk signal is displayed.

When the walk signal appears, make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you. Always check that it is safe to cross the road before crossing.

Pedestrian push button

Pedestrian push button
Press button (if present) and wait

Solid walk

Solid walk
Start crossing (look all ways)

Flashing don’t walk countdown

Flashing don’t walk countdown
Don’t start crossing (finish crossing if you’ve already begun)

Solid don’t walk

Solid don’t walk
Don’t cross