Anatomy of a Basic Crossover

Found on: Small roads with little traffic.


How to cross? Stand at edge of crossover until a gap in traffic. Begin crossing road, traffic MUST stop for  you.


Pedestrian waiting at edge of road? All vehicles MUST stop at shark teeth until person is completely off the road.




Ladder markings road crossing


Stop at shark teeth

  1. “Stop for Pedestrians” signs tell you that you are at a pedestrian crossover.
  2. “Curb Drop and Tactile Plate” – All crossovers have drop curbs and tactile plates to help make crossing more accessible.
  3. “Ladder Crossing” Shows where pedestrians are allowed to cross the road; fines can be issued if a driver starts driving before the pedestrian has fully crossed to the opposite sidewalk.
  4. “Shark Teeth” – where vehicles must stop when a pedestrian is waiting to cross the road and has given drivers enough time to stop for them.
  1. Pedestrian Crossover Ahead” signs show you are coming up to a pedestrian crossover. Look for pedestrians waiting to cross.
  2. No Passing” signs are found 30m from a crossover. If vehicles are stopped, it is illegal to pass them
  3. Stop for Pedestrians” signs mean you must stop. Look for people waiting at these signs. If someone is waiting, stop at the shark teeth.
  4. “Shark teeth” tell you where you must stop at a pedestrian crossover.  If someone is waiting at the “Stop for Pedestrians” signs, you must stop for them.
  5. “Ladder Crossings” show you where pedestrians will use the crossover. Wait until the pedestrian has left the roadway before moving again.

Stop for Pedestrians

Curb drop and tactile plate

Shark Teeth

Ladder Crossing

Pedestrian Crossover Ahead

No Passing Sign

Know the signs of a Basic Crossover

If you see any of these signs, you are coming up to a pedestrian crossover. Watch for them.


Pedestrian Crossover Ahead signs are 20m to 100m from the crossing.


No Passing signs are located 30m from the crossover.


Stop for Pedestrians signs are located at all crossovers.