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New scramble crossing now at Union & University

August 31, 2015 -

The pedestrian priority crossing – also known as a scramble crossing – has been activated at Union Street and University Avenue.

"We wanted to have the intersection operating before the Queen's University students get back to town. More than 2,000 pedestrians an hour cross at this intersection during the busiest times of the day, so prioritizing pedestrians at this intersection makes sense," says Deanna Green, manager of traffic for the City of Kingston.

Pedestrian priority crossings give priority to the crossing needs of people on foot (and those using mobility devices). They are often called scramble crossings because they allow pedestrians to scramble across the intersection in any direction – even diagonally – on the all-directions walk signal.

Cyclists who do not dismount their bicycles are legally considered vehicles and must obey vehicular traffic signals. If they want to use the scramble crossing on the pedestrian signal, they must dismount and walk their bikes across.

Motorists are not permitted to proceed in any direction during the scramble crossing – when the all-direction walk signal and all-direction red traffic signals are displayed.

Motorists should expect increased delays at the intersection since the red lights will be longer to accommodate the pedestrian priority/scramble crossing.

For more about the pedestrian priority crossing, go to www.CityofKingston.ca/residents/roads-and-traffic/scramble-crossing.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.