Pedestrian Crossovers

New signs in pedestrian crossovers improve visibility for motorists

The flexible signs direct motorists to "Stop for pedestrians within crosswalk" and are positioned between lanes of traffic in the crossovers. They are being installed in response to concerns from residents related to motorists failing to stop at the crossovers. Motorists only need to come to a stop when pedestrians are at the crosswalk.

What is a Pedestrian Crossover?

A pedestrian crossover is a designated crossing area that allows pedestrians to safely cross the road where vehicles must yield to the pedestrian. Pedestrian crossovers are identified by specific pavement markings and crossing signs.

        People crossing pedestrian crossover

 Pedestrians Have the Right of Way


  • Indicate intention to cross
  • Wait for traffic to stop
  • Make eye contact to ensure driver sees you


  • When riding with traffic, follow rules for drivers

  • When crossing, follow rules for pedestrians; dismount and walk your bike


  • Be prepared to stop for pedestrians
  • Stop behind the yield line
  • Make eye contact so pedestrian sees you
  • Wait until pedestrian completely crosses road before proceeding
  • Do not pass another stopped vehicle

Print-friendly information sheet

Pedestrian crossover diagram: people crossing the road


What does a pedestrian crossover look like?

Pedestrian crossover diagram

Is identified with:

  • Pavement markings
  • Signs

Can be located at:

  • Intersection
  • Mid-block
  • Roundabout

Note: Some pedestrian crossovers have poles, flashing beacons above the signs and pedestrian push buttons.

What's the difference between a crosswalk and a crossover? 

Crossover: a pedestrian crossing where signs, pavement markings - and in some cases poles, flashing beacons above the signs and pedestrian push buttons - alert drivers to come to a stop.

  • Motorists need to wait until the person reaches the other curb before proceeding.

Crosswalk: is used at stop signs and traffic lights. Crosswalks often have a white walking symbol and a flashing orange hand.

  • Motorists DO NOT need to wait until the person reaches the other curb before proceeding.


Why pedestrian crossovers? 

Pedestrian crossovers can be installed when volumes of pedestrian and vehicle traffic exceed the following amounts, during set time spans:

Pedestrian Traffic

Time span Volume
4-hour Greater than 65 pedestrians
8-hour Greater than 100 pedestrians

Vehicular Traffic

Time span Volume
4-hour Greater than 395 vehicles
8-hour Greater than 750 vehicles


What happens when motorists don't follow the rules?

All road users must obey pedestrian crossover rules, and laws are in effect at all times.

Fines for offences vary from $150 to $500 and 3 demerit points.


A new provincial law was enacted on January 1, 2016 as part of Bill 31: Making Ontario's Roads Safer Act that provides municipal road authorities the ability to install pedestrian crossovers on low speed, low volume roads. 

Other Educational Materials 

City of Hamilton video