Have you seen these new pylons at the Clarence Street crossover? In an effort to increase pedestrian safety and driver awareness at the Clarence Street and Catharine Street crossover, these new pylons have been installed. They will be removed in the winter months to allow for snow removal operations.
What is a crossover?
As described by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario, a pedestrian crossover is a specific type of crossing that requires vehicles to stop and allow pedestrians to cross the road.
Pedestrian crossovers have specific pavement markings and crossing signs. Port Colborne’s also has an illuminated overhead lights/warning signs and pedestrian push buttons.
Pedestrians have the right of way at pedestrian crossovers. Drivers and cyclists must stop behind the yield line and wait until the pedestrian completely crosses the road before proceeding.
All road users must obey pedestrian crossover rules at all times of the day and night.
What are the responsibilities of drivers?
• Be prepared to stop for pedestrians
• Stop behind the yield line
• Make eye contact so the pedestrian sees you
• Wait until pedestrian completely crosses the road before proceeding
What are the responsibilities of pedestrians?
• Indicate intention to cross by activating signal
• Wait for traffic to stop
• Make eye contact to ensure the driver sees you
What are the responsibilities of cyclists?
• When riding with traffic, follow rules for drivers
• When crossing, follow rules for pedestrians; dismount and walk your bike across
Fines and Penalties
Drivers and cyclists may face a fine in the range of $150 - $500. Drivers may also face three demerit points.
For more information regarding pedestrian safety, rules and responsibilities as pedestrian crossings, visit the Ministry of Transportation website at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/pedestrian-safety.shtml.