Two courtesy crossings to be upgraded to legal pedestrian crosswalks this September - Two courtesy crossings to be upgraded to legal pedestrian crosswalks this September

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null Two courtesy crossings to be upgraded to legal pedestrian crosswalks this September

August 17, 2016 -

The City is beginning to convert existing courtesy crossings into legal pedestrian crosswalks officially known as pedestrian crossovers (PXOs) starting this September.

The first two locations to be converted will be:

  1. King Street in front of Kingston General Hospital
  2. Rideau Street in front of Rideaucrest. 

"As a result of recent changes to Ontario's Highway Traffic Act, we now have the ability to install new types of legal crosswalks in the City that will increase the level of safety for pedestrians," says Deanna Green, manager, traffic division. "These crosswalks are different than courtesy crossings because pedestrians will have the right of way and motorists and cyclists must stop. We encourage all residents to review the new rules before the new crosswalks are activated." 

Pedestrian crossovers (PXOs) are marked crosswalks where vehicles must yield to pedestrians crossing the road.  They are identified by specific signs and pavement markings. New rules of the road for pedestrians, motorists and cyclists are posted on the City's website at

On January 1, 2016 Ontario's Highway Traffic Act was revised to include a regulation that states that vehicles must stop and yield the entire roadway at designated pedestrian crosswalks. This change allows the City to install legal crosswalks at locations that are not controlled by traffic signals, stop signs or yield signs on roads with relatively low speeds and low traffic volumes.

The first two locations will be activated at the beginning of September. More information about the different types of PXOs will be included in the update to the City's pedestrian guidelines due to be completed by the end of 2016.

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