London’s first pedestrian crossover was unveiled near Arthur Ford Park in Westmount Thursday.
It’s the first of 22 pedestrian crossovers that will be installed around the city before the first day of school in September.
Crossovers already exist on campus at Fanshawe College and Western University, but the crossover that was unveiled on Viscount Road north of Galloway Crescent is the first on a city street.
Crossovers are different from a crosswalk or an intersection, and can be spotted by crossing signs and distinct markings on the pavement.
— Matt Brown (@MayorMattBrown) August 11, 2016
“These pedestrian crossovers are just one of the ways we are continuing to make our city’s walking and cycling routes safer year round. This falls under our Strategic Plan goal to build a healthy, safe and accessible city for all,” says Mayor Matt Brown.
The crossovers for city streets come months after a new law, that started January 1st, that gives pedestrians the right of way at crossovers. A corresponding educational campaign will be implemented by committee members with support from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
“It is important that drivers, cyclists and pedestrians each know their role when approaching a pedestrian crossover. Drivers must yield the entire roadway to pedestrians, and pedestrians should wait until drivers have stopped before crossing” says Sergeant Amanda Pfeffer with the London Police Service Traffic Management Unit.
Drivers may be fined up to $500 and three demerit points for offences at pedestrian crossovers.
For more information, visit the City of London website.