Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pedestrian crossover?

It is a place where drivers and cyclists are legally required to stop to allow people to cross a road.  They will be located between intersections and at corners.

How will I recognize a pedestrian crossover?

Pedestrian crossovers have the following features:

  • On the road – ladder crossing and shark teeth
  • In the boulevard – ‘Pedestrian crossover ahead’ signs, ‘No passing’ signs, and ‘Stop for Pedestrians’ signs
  • A clearly-marked crossing location
What is the difference between a pedestrian crosswalk and a pedestrian crossover?
  • Pedestrian crossovers are located at mid-block locations and at intersections.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks are usually found at intersections that have stop signs or street lights
Why are pedestrian crossovers so good?
  • They’re cheaper to implement than a full set of traffic lights
  • The City has more flexibility as to where they can be put
  • They improve the number of safe crossing opportunities for people walking
  • They are on-demand – they are only in effect when someone needs to cross the road, unlike stop controls or traffic lights where traffic has to stop at all the time, even when no one is there.
Where will Thunder Bay’s first pedestrian crossover be located?

The corner of Algoma Street and Cornwall Street

How many locations for pedestrian crossovers have been identified by the City?

37 locations have been identified. City staff consulted with the Accessibility Advisory Committee, Walkability Committee, Community Traffic Awareness Committee, municipal staff, and considered City Council priorities.

What are the priority locations for pedestrian crossovers?

Based on traffic volumes, pedestrian volumes, collision history, and other factors, the following are the priority locations:

  1. James Street and Limbrick Street
  2. Walsh Street and Selkirk Street
  3. Arundel Street and Toledo Street
  4. Simpson Street and Bethune Street
  5. Central Avenue and Riverside Drive
  6. Algoma Street and Cornwall Avenue
  7. High Street and Bay Street
How many pedestrian crossovers will be installed per year?

The City is aiming to install between 2-3 pedestrian crossovers per year. 

Do motorists have to stop for pedestrians at a pedestrian crossover?

Yes: Motorists are required to stop at the shark teeth when a person is waiting to cross the road at a pedestrian crossover. Motorists can’t proceed through the crossover until pedestrians have completely exited the roadway.

Do cyclists have to stop for pedestrians at a pedestrian crossover?

Yes: Cyclists are required to stop at the shark teeth and wait until the pedestrian has completely crossed the road before riding

What is the fine for motorists and cyclists for not obeying the law at Pedestrian Crossovers?

Fines range from $150-$500 and up to 3 demerit points

When can I start driving through the pedestrian crossover?

Motorists and cyclist must wait until the pedestrian has completely crossed the road, and exited the road, before driving across the pedestrian crossover

Can I pass a vehicle that is waiting at a pedestrian crossover?

No. It is illegal and dangerous to pass a vehicle waiting at a crossover.  Doing so could result in serious injury to a person and will result in a fines range from $150-$500 and up to 3 demerit points.

Can cyclists ride their bikes across pedestrian crossovers?

No. Cyclists must dismount and walk their bikes across pedestrian crossovers. There is an $85 fine for failing to do so.

As a pedestrian, how do I use a crossover?
  • Basic: stand at the crossover, look to see that motorists have acknowledged you and are prepared to stop, begin to cross road.
  • Advanced: stand at the crossover, push the activation button, when lights begin to flash and motorists have stopped, cross the road.
As a pedestrian at a pedestrian crossover, do I have to wait for traffic to see me or can I just begin to cross the road when I get to the pedestrian crossover?

Pedestrians have to give motorists a reasonable time to see and react to their presence. Pedestrians can be fined $35 for leaving the curb at a pedestrian crossover and walking or running into the path of a vehicle without allowing the driver time to stop the vehicle safely.

What is the difference between a basic pedestrian crossover and an advanced pedestrian crossover?
  • Basic crossovers are located on small roads with little traffic and advanced crossovers are found on larger roads with higher traffic volumes
  • Basic crossovers don’t have push buttons and flashing lights and advanced crossovers have rapid flashing beacons that activate when you press the button
  • Basic crossovers don’t have overhead signs and advanced crossovers do