As of Wednesday August 21st, the Trim Rd. Roundabouts at St Joseph Blvd. and Dairy Dr. will be equipped with pedestrian crossovers featuring flashing lights, also known as beacons.
Pedestrian crossovers are signed and have pavement markings as shown in the image below.
No matter how we use roundabouts with pedestrian crossovers, we each have an individual responsibility to ensure the safety of all road users.
Pedestrians and cyclists (walking their bikes) must indicate that they want to cross and ensure drivers see them before starting their crossing. Remember, these roundabouts have a two-stage crossing for each leg of the roundabout, pedestrians and cyclists must repeat their indication to motorists once on the median island.
Drivers (or cyclists on the road) are required to yield to pedestrians at crossovers. Even if a pedestrian does not activate the beacon, drivers are required to stop for pedestrians who have indicated they want to cross.
Here are some tips on how to use pedestrian crossovers with flashing beacons.
For pedestrians and cyclists walking their bikes:
• You must dismount and walk your bike across, if you are cycling.
• You can be fined $85 for failing to dismount and walk your bike when crossing
• You have the option to enhance driver awareness by making the beacon flash. Roundabouts have a two-stage crossing for each leg of the roundabout, so you will need to push the button on the median island as well.
• You should indicate that you want to cross and ensure drivers see you before you step out
• You should cross only when traffic has come to a complete stop and it is safe to do so
• You are required to yield to pedestrians at crossovers
• You may only proceed through the crossover after all pedestrians have crossed fully
• You can recognize pedestrian crossovers by their signs and pavement markings
• Even if they do not activate the beacon you are required to stop for pedestrians at crossovers
• You can be fined between $150 and $500, with three demerit points, for failing to yield at a crossover
If you would like to learn more about pedestrian crossovers, you can visit the City of Ottawa website.
Please don’t hesitate to send me an email (Matt.Luloff@ottawa.ca) if you have any further questions.