November 16, 2020
New pedestrian crossovers in Drumbo, Innerkip, Ingersoll, Tillsonburg and Thamesford
Oxford County encourages pedestrians, drivers and cyclists to know their role
Oxford County recently installed new pedestrian crossovers to improve the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists on our roadways. The new pedestrian crossovers are in the following locations.
- Oxford Street West at Henry Street
- Oxford Street East at Mechanic Street
- Blandford Street at Stratford Street and Young Street
- Oxford Road 33 at Stonegate Road
- Bell Streeet and McKeand Street
- Tillson Avenue at Fourth Street
- Dundas Street West at George Street (Coming Soon)
A pedestrian crossover is a designated crossing area that allows pedestrians to cross the road safely. Drivers and cyclists must yield to pedestrians when the pedestrian crossover is activated. Pedestrian crossovers are easily identified by specific signs, pavement markings, pedestrian push buttons and lights.
Pedestrians have the right of way at pedestrian crossovers. Drivers and cyclists must stop behind the pavement markings and wait until pedestrians have completely crossed the road before proceeding.
Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians each must know their role and responsibilities when approaching a pedestrian crossover.
Responsibilities of Drivers
- Be prepared to stop for pedestrians
- Stop behind the pavement markings
- Make eye contact to ensure pedestrians see you
- Wait until pedestrians completely cross the road before proceeding
- Do not pass another stopped vehicle at the pedestrian crossover
Responsibilities of Cyclists
- When riding with traffic, follow the same rules as drivers
- When crossing, follow the same rules as pedestrians; dismount and walk your bike across the pedestrian crossover
Responsibilities for Pedestrians
- Push the pedestrian button to activate flashing lights
- Indicate intention to cross
- Wait for traffic to stop
- Make eye contact with drivers/cyclists to ensure they see you
The penalty for drivers who endanger pedestrians increased on September 1, 2018, and includes higher fines and more demerit points for drivers who fail to yield at pedestrian crossovers. Drivers and cyclists not following the rules may face fines of up to $1,000, and drivers may incur four (4) demerit points.
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About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 121,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that is driving innovation in sustainable industries and diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
Donna Kemp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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