NIAGARA FALLS, ON - The City of Niagara Falls is installing a new crossing feature on McLeod Road to facilitate safer crossing and road travel near Saint Michael Catholic High School, west of Kalar Road. The new pedestrian crossover (PXO) is a type of crosswalk that provides a controlled street crossing in which pedestrians have the right-of-way. It is scheduled to be fully operational by Monday, December 3, 2018.
Pedestrian crossovers are still relatively new to Niagara and offer a number of benefits over traditional crosswalks. Pedestrian crossovers are specially marked crossings with signs and pedestrian activated rapid flashing beacons which help pedestrians to cross the road safely.
When a pedestrian is crossing at a PXO, drivers and cyclists must stop for the pedestrian and wait until the pedestrian has completely crossed the roadway before proceeding through the intersection. Failure to do so can result in fines ranging from $150 to $500 and up to three demerit points.
The following guidelines for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are intended to help everyone use the new crossing properly and avoid injury, fines and demerit points:
Drivers and cyclists:
- Watch for pedestrians waiting to cross
- When you see a pedestrian, stop behind the marked yield line
- Make eye contact with pedestrians to ensure they see you
- Allow pedestrians to cross the entire width of the road before proceeding
- Drive with caution when the road is clear
- Make sure the road user has enough time to stop before you begin to cross
- Indicate to road users that you want to cross
- If there is a push button at the PXO, press it to activate the flashing lights
- Make eye contact with road users on both sides of the road before you cross
- Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop and you feel safe
- Cyclists using a PXO to cross a road must dismount and cross as a pedestrian
For more information, contact:
Mathew Bilodeau, C.E.T.
City of Niagara Falls, Transportation Department
(905) 356-7521 ext 5204