Pedestrians waiting to cross at an intersection must press the pedestrian walk button to activate the pedestrian phase. When the walk signal is displayed, you have the right-of-way and enough time to cross the intersection safely.
The City criteria for the installation of pedestrian signals are:
- Consideration for pedestrian signal installation when there is a minimum of 100 pedestrians for a 23.0 metre right-of-way roadway over a 5 hour period, and the corresponding 5 hour volume is greater than 1,000 vehicles.
- Consideration for pedestrian signal installation when there is a minimum of 200 pedestrians for roadways greater than a 23.0 metre right-of-way over a 5 hour period, and the corresponding 5 hour volume is greater than 3,000 vehicles.
- That the time periods to be studied are 7:00am to 9:00am, and 3:00pm to 6:00pm., for a total 5 hour period.
- Consideration for pedestrian signal installations should be reserved for roadways with a 23.0 metre wide right-of way or greater (Arterial, Major and Minor Collector, Feeder, and Industrial roadways).
- A pedestrian signal should not be considered where an opportunity for a safe crossing exists within 150 metres to either side of the proposed pedestrian signal location (e.g. at existing all-way stop controlled intersection or traffic signal controlled intersection).
- Breakdown of pedestrian use should be classified into age groups, with special attention given to elementary school age children, and senior citizens.
- Not to be installed in front of or between residential homes unless there is full support in writing by said owners.
Pedestrian safety tips:
- Cross at traffic signals, crosswalks, and stop signs only.
- Press the pedestrian button to activate the pedestrian timings.
- Cross at the beginning of the walk indication.
- Make eye contact with the driver before you step off the curb.
- Maintain eye contact with motorists as you cross the street.
- Always watch for turning vehicles