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Kingston now has nine pedestrian crossovers at the locations listed below. There are no longer any courtesy crossings in the city.

  1. King Street & Kingston General Hospital
  2. Rideau Street at Rideaucrest Seniors Home
  3. Ontario Street & Lower Union Street
  4. Ordnance Street & Clergy Street
  5. Union Street & Traymoor Avenue
  6. Portsmouth Avenue & Nickle Avenue
  7. Woodbine Road & Wise Street
  8. Grenadier Drive & Winfield Crescent
  9. Rideau Street at the K&P Trail access

Ontario's Highway Traffic Act has been revised to include a regulation that states that vehicles must stop and yield the entire roadway at pedestrian crosswalks known as pedestrian crossovers (PXOs). 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.

What is a pedestrian crossover?

Pedestrian crossovers, also known as PXOs, are marked crosswalks where vehicles must yield to pedestrians crossing the road.  They are identified by specific signs and pavement markings. 

There are four different types of PXOs, but the first two to be installed in Kingston will include:

  • pedestrian-activated flashing amber beacons and
  • regulatory pedestrian signs on the side of the road and overhead.

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. 

What are the rules of the road at pedestrian crossovers?

It is critical that pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles understand and follow the rules at the new crosswalks.

Pedestrian rules at crossovers:

  • cross only when traffic has come to a complete stop;
  • make eye contact with the driver;
  • indicate you want to cross before entering the crosswalk;
  • If the crosswalk has a flashing beacon, press the button to activate the amber flasher. The flashing beacon increases driver awareness of the crosswalk.

Motorist rules at crossovers:

  • watch for pedestrians at the new crosswalks and be prepared to stop
  • only proceed through the crosswalk after pedestrians have cleared the entire roadway from curb to curb
  • it is illegal to pass any other vehicle within 30 metres of the crosswalk  

Cyclist rules at crossovers:

  • The rules and responsibilities for cyclists are the same as for motorists;
  • only proceed through the crosswalk after pedestrians have cleared the entire roadway from curb to curb
  • it is illegal to pass any other vehicle within 30 metres of the crosswalk
  • dismount and walk your bike across the road to use the crosswalk

How much does it cost to install a pedestrian crossover?

The cost to install a pedestrian crossover depends on the type of crosswalk and whether or not additional lighting is required.  The total cost of a pedestrian crossover with amber flashers and additional lighting can range from $30,000 to $40,000.

What is the fine for not yielding to a pedestrian in a pedestrian crossover?

Drivers and cyclists will be fined $150 to $500 and three demerit points for failing to yield to pedestrians at pedestrian crossovers.

Cyclists can be fined $85 for failing to dismount and walk their bicycles when crossing at a pedestrian crossover.

Pedestrians can be fined $35 for leaving the curb at a pedestrian crossover and crossing into the path of a moving vehicle when it is not practical for the driver to stop safely.

Will the City continue to install courtesy crossings?

As a result of the new pedestrian regulations, courtesy crossings will no longer be installed in the City. All existing courtesy crossings in the City have been replaced with the new legal pedestrian crosswalks known as pedestrian crossovers. 

How do I request a new crosswalk?

Requests may be made directly to the City (contactus@cityofkingston.ca or 613-546-0000) so staff can complete assessments and place locations on a prioritized list for consideration.  Assessments for new pedestrian crossover locations will consider the following factors:

  • Pedestrian volumes
  • Vehicle volumes
  • Vehicle speeds
  • Vulnerable pedestrians
  • Accessibility concerns
  • Existing sidewalks
  • Connectivity to transit, schools, recreation, business
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