There may be an existing intersection or pedestrian crossing that your community has safety concerns about. Rather than installing a new crossing or traffic control device, existing crosswalks or intersections can be improved.
At pedestrian crossing locations:
- Raised pedestrian crossings and curb extensions can provide safety benefits but are often only possible on local or collector roadways
- Raised medians or pedestrian refuge islands may be possible on arterial roads
- A roundabout can reconfigure an existing intersection for improved safety
At existing signalized intersections:
- The phasing of the signals can be changed to give pedestrians an advanced start to cross the street
- Signals can also allow for separate phases for pedestrian crossings and vehicle left turns
- Turn restrictions for vehicles can also help improve pedestrian safety at these locations
At intersections and crossings:
- Pavement markings, such as advanced stop lines, new signage or lighting can improve safety inexpensively
- Visibility can be improved by removing vegetation or street parking
If existing infrastructure is wearing out, such as faded pavement markings or broken light fixtures, a simple call to 311 or to your Ward Councillor should resolve the problem.
The process is different depending on how you want to improve an existing pedestrian crossing. Contacting your Ward Councillor will be important to successfully implement these kinds of changes, many of which require a study by Transportation Services. See our Getting Started page for tips on connecting with your Councillor.