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Pedestrian Crossing Improvements

About the Project

Enhancing pedestrian safety is a priority for the City. The objective is to increase driver awareness of when they are approaching a pedestrian crossing, or when a pedestrian is on site and using the crossing.

Key actions to make the pedestrians and pedestrian crossing areas more visible:

  • Re-engineering crossing locations
  • Using enhanced road-markings and/or warning signals
  • Educating and encouraging driver and pedestrian behaviour to be aware and use safe actions

With approximately 350 pedestrian crossing locations targeted for upgrades, the City is prioritizing completion of improvements through the criteria such as:

  • Adjacent land use (school, playground, commercial area)
  • Type of roadway (arterial, collector, local – which accounts for traffic volume)
  • Road speed (posted speed limit as well as recorded operating speeds)
  • Transit/School bus stop proximity
  • Collision data
  • Reported public concerns
  • Alignment for completion within the City’s Capital Projects

Projects/Actions aligned with this program are:

Neighbourhood Traffic Calming

  • Erin Ridge and Erin Ridge North – Neighbourhood Traffic Calming Plans have been developed following resident engagement. An Implementation Plan is being updated, due to unforeseen construction costs and seasonal impacts that pushed construction activity to 2018. 
  • Grandin (vicinity of Grosvenor Boulevard at Grenfell Avenue intersection) – Temporary improvements have been installed as of October 2017 to mimic a redesign of the intersection. An evaluation of the impact of the design changes will be completed, which will review vehicle speeds and collision occurrences and gather further input from residents. 

Safe Journeys to School

Pedestrian Curb Extensions and installations of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon Crossings and enhanced road markings at:

  • Deer Ridge Drive at Dubbonet Way
  • Deer Ridge Drive at Dennison Drive
  • Deer Ridge Drive at Delaney Place
  • Woodlands Road at Wakefield Place
  • Woodlands Road at Westwood Drive
  • Heritage Drive at Hamilton Crescent (east)
  • Heritage Drive at Holly Place

Driver Feedback Signs (Speed Display Signs)

  • Deer Ridge Drive in vicinity of J.J. Nearing School
  • Deer Ridge Drive in vicinity of Murial Martin School
  • Heritage Drive in vicinity of École La Mission 
  • Woodlands Road and Westwood Drive in vicinity to Keenooshayo and Neil M. Ross Schools

Transportation Systems Management

New Pedestrian Warning Crossings

Pedestrian warning flashers, which illuminate when activated by a pedestrian, assist in providing a visual warning to drivers that a pedestrian is onsite and wanting to cross or in the process of crossing the roadway. Locations may be constructed with overhead mounted lights, where the warning lights are above the pedestrian crossing; or may be constructed with side warning lights that are beside the pedestrian crossing.  Proposed locations for installation of pedestrian warning lights are:

  • Grandin Road at Grandora Crescent
  • Grandin Road at Granite Avenue
  • Perron Street at St. Michael Street
  • Perron Street at St. Thomas Street
  • Cunningham Road at Forest Drive
  • Sir Winston Churchill Avenue at trail crossing east of Perron Street
  • Sir Winston Churchill Avenue at trail crossing west of Cunningham Road
  • Sir Winston Churchill Avenue at trail crossing at Forest Lawn Ravine
  • McKenney Avenue at Laydon Drive
  • McKenney Avenue at Mission Avenue
  • McKenney Avenue at crossing west of Dawson Road
  • Sturgeon Road at trail west of Burns Street

Pedestrian “Scramble” Phasing – This phasing separates pedestrian and vehicle movement completely. Pedestrians have a set amount of time to cross the roadway, while all vehicle movement is held. Pedestrians are then held and are not allowed to cross while vehicle movements are allowed.

  • 2017 Pilot Location: intersection of Perron Street and St. Anne Street (downtown).
  • Evaluation is underway with recommended actions expected in Q2 2018.


Dates and locations may be subject to change pending final design, budget and weather conditions. 

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Last edited: May 3, 2018

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