As part of a new pilot project to make Halton a safer and more accommodating community for pedestrians and cyclists while promoting active transportation, Halton Region has installed its first crossride at Dundas Street and Third Line in the Town of Oakville.

What is a crossride?

Like a crosswalk, crossrides allow cyclists to stay on their bikes and cross through intersections in their own designated lane. Typically cyclists not riding on the road are required to become pedestrians when crossing an intersection by dismounting and walking their bikes across. A crossride lets a cyclist ride their bike across the intersection without having to get off when the signal is green.

How do crossrides work?

Crossrides are crosswalks for bikes. At the crossride intersection, you’ll see paint markings showing where cyclists and pedestrians should go.

When on the connecting multiuse trail, cyclists can stay on their bike and cross the road when the signal display shows the cyclist can cross.

Tips for cyclists

  • When the bicycle signal is green, ride carefully across the intersection within the crossride, watching for left- and right-turning vehicles;
  • Be sure to travel at a speed that allows you to stop quickly if a vehicle makes a sudden turn;
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals; and
  • Don’t pass other cyclists within the crossride. When passing pedestrians, ring your bell and pass carefully.

Tips for drivers

  • When making a turn, be extra careful about cyclists and pedestrians who are crossing the intersection;
  • Yield to cyclists and pedestrians who enter the intersection; and
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.

Tips for pedestrians

  • Cross at the marked crosswalk and watch for vehicles.
  • Avoid using electronic devices, texting, etc. while crossing the road; and
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.