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Pedestrian Crossovers (PXO)

On January 1st, 2016, the Highway Traffic Act was revised to include a regulation which identifies a new type of Pedestrian Crossover. In Kanata South we currently have 4 Pedestrian Crossovers (PXO’s).

  • Meadowbreeze at Wheatland
  • Pinehill between Peregrine and Brandy
  • Cope Rd. 100metres west of Akerson
  • Stonehaven at Bridgestone/Steeplechase

 

What is a Pedestrian Crossover?

Pedestrian Crossovers are designated areas that allow pedestrians to safely cross roads where vehicles must yield to pedestrians when crossing. Pedestrian Crossovers are identified by specific signs and pavement markings. In some cases, but not always, they may also have pedestrian activated flashing beacons.

Always watch for pedestrians at these crossings. Pedestrians should make an indication to vehicles that they want to cross and make eye contact with the driver before entering the roadway. At Pedestrian Crossovers equipped with flashing beacons, pedestrians may push a button to make the beacon flash to enhance driver’s awareness that they will be crossing.  Drivers and cyclists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in the crossover. Once pedestrians have cleared the entire roadway, drivers may proceed with caution. Note also that vehicles must not pass any other vehicle within 30 metres prior to a Pedestrian Crossover

 

Roundabouts and Median Divided Roads

  • Currently, at roundabouts, vehicles have the right of way over pedestrians, except at single-lane roundabouts where Pedestrian Crossovers are installed. At these locations, pedestrians have the right of way over vehicles.
  • Most single-lane roundabouts in Ottawa will have Pedestrian Crossovers installed in 2016. Where the Pedestrian Crossover sign is installed, pedestrians have the right of way.
  • Multi-lane or partial multi-lane roundabouts are being considered for Pedestrian Crossover installation, however this will not take place during the first year of the pilot program.

At single-lane roundabouts and roads with center medians, marked pedestrian crossovers are treated as two stage crossings with the median or splitter island providing a pedestrian refuge

 

Fines

Drivers can lose 3 demerit points and along with cyclists can be fined $150 to $500 for failing to yield for pedestrians at pedestrian crossings.

Cyclists can be fined $85 for failing to dismount and walk their bicycle when crossing a pedestrian crossover.

Pedestrians can be fine $35 for leaving the curb or other place of safety at a pedestrian crossover and walking, running or moving into the path of a vehicle that is so close that it is impracticable for the driver of the vehicle to stop safely.

More information about PXO’s can be found on my website www.Councillorallanhubley.ca

 

Upcoming Events

August 21st: Hazardous Waste Depot, Kanata Research Park, 411 Legget Drive. Depot hours are 8am-4pm.  Residential electronic waste is also accepted at this site.

August 21st: The Trailwest Summerfest, 11am-3pm at Kristina Kiss Park in Trailwest.

 

Working for Kanata South:

It is my privilege to serve as your Councillor. Please feel free to contact my office with any concerns or comments, by phone: 613-580-2752, or by email: Allan.Hubley@ottawa.ca.