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City adding signalized pedestrian crossings at four school crossings

Still from the City of Kingston’s Intersection Pedestrian Signals (IPS) video.

Pedestrians can enjoy improved walkability and safer routes to school as the City of Kingston continues to connect its active transportation network.

According to a release from the City, dated Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, four new signalized pedestrian crossings are being added at four school crossings:

  • Taylor Kidd at Pembridge
  • Bayridge at Bayridge Park
  • Montreal at MacCauley
  • Weller at Wiley

“Signalized pedestrian crossings give pedestrians the right-of-way when crossing busier roadways. Traffic along the main roadway is controlled by pedestrian-activated traffic signals, and pedestrian signals for the crosswalk indicate to pedestrians when it is safe to cross,” said Marissa Mascaro, Manager, Transportation Infrastructure. 

Construction of the new pedestrian crossings started in August with the first new signal at Taylor Kidd and Pembridge activated today, according to the release. Completion of all four crossing upgrades is targeted for mid-October. The City said these locations will continue to be staffed with crossing guards following completion of the signalized improvements. 

Kingston prioritizes active transportation and public transit. Advancing active transportation is part of City Council’s priority to improve walkability, roads and transportation, according to the release. The City continues to review input received through public engagement on additional pedestrian crossing locations and will be reporting back to Council with recommendations on candidate locations later this year.  

How do signalized pedestrian crossings work? 

Pedestrians:

  • Push the button near the crossing to activate the pedestrian signal.
  • Wait for the walk signal before proceeding.
  • Pay extra close attention to vehicles that may be turning from side streets.

Motorists and Cyclists:

  • Motorists and cyclists must yield to pedestrians crossing the main or side street before proceeding.
  • Side streets are controlled by stop signs – only proceed if it’s safe to do so.
  • Motorists and cyclists on the main road must follow the traffic signals.

The City provided this short, animated video on how an intersection pedestrian signal works

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