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'Crossrides' are here

What is a Crossride?

Riding a bicycle in or along a crosswalk is not permitted in Ontario as per the Highway Traffic
Act (HTA). Under the Act, a cyclist is required to stop, dismount, and walk their bicycle in the
crosswalk.

A Cross-ride is a separate bicycle crossing (separate from the pedestrian crosswalk). A combination of new pavement markings (zebra stripes and elephant feet) and signage has been implemented to clearly identify the marked bicycle crossing and to warn motorists of the potential for cyclists in the marked bicycle crossing.

This pilot project allows a cyclist to ride within the separate bicycle crossing. Riding a bicycle through a crosswalk without a separate facility continues to be prohibited. A cyclist must still obey the rules of the road.

Pilot Project (Location 1): Sheridan Park Drive & Homelands Drive/Speakman Drive (click for map)
Pilot Project (Location 2): Sheridan Park Drive & Fifth Line Wes (click for map)

Crossride at Sheridan Park Drive & Homelands Drive/Speakman Drive

Crossride at Sheridan Park Drive & Homelands Drive/Speakman Drive

Crossride at Sheridan Park Drive & Fifth Line West

Crossride at Sheridan Park Drive & Fifth Line West

The city of Mississauga is actively running a pilot project for crossrides at the time this article is posted. Try to plan your cycling route along one of these to test them out. Transportation & Works have representatives that sit on the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee, so sending your comments on your crossride experiences  can be sent to the Mississauga Cycling Committee from our Contact Us General Inquiries section on this web site. If you find these to be favorable additions for cycling in Mississauga, please also let your ward councilor know.

5 comments to ‘Crossrides’ are here

  • Unless the crosswalk is raised, Mississauga drivers will stroll right through those zebra stripes. Drivers don’t stop at stop signs, let alone on white paint markings. If you want proof that they do not make full stops, contact me for video captured footage.

    The MCAC needs to make the case for Raised Crosswalks throughout the city

  • Henry

    Raised crossrides may not be necessary, but they can definitely use more contrast to increase driver awareness. Have a look at Cycling Route #22 in Toronto (Eglinton Ave between Renforth and Jane). The crossrides along the way are all marked with bright red paint.

    As the City of Mississauga implements more of these crossrides, it should look at a standardized paint scheme similar to the one described above. The white paint currently being used isn’t quite salient enough for most Mississauga motorists.

  • Hi Henry, thanks for the response…however I disagree. I think raised crosswalks are indeed necessary. I have video taped footage where I can show you without a shadow of doubt, that drivers don’t stop. I tried presenting my findings to the road safety committee, but they only hold their meetings during the day when I am at work. If cars are not stopping at stop signs, they will not stop at crossride markings. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are great and the idea of red paint is awesome, but that needs to be re-enforced with a raised crosswalk. It comes down to a matter of priority….cars or pedestrians? Unless they raise the roadway and implement traffic calming measures, the city of Mississauga is telling its citizens that cars come first. The raised roadway forces a driver to slow down, paint and stop signs do not. It is unfortunate the city resists the idea of raised crosswalks so much.

  • Henry

    I know exactly what you’re getting at, and I completely agree that pedestrians should always be prioritized in city planning.

    However, in the present state, painting strips on the road is much easier to implement than raised crossrides, which would involve a road construction crew. When the roads are due for repaving, then the city should consider these traffic calming devices you mentioned.

    I think this is a good first step, in mitigating this ridiculous rule of forcing cyclists to walk the bike across every intersection. Cyclists and pedestrians alike will just have to be vigilant of unattentive drivers as always.

  • Raised Crossrides have been getting MCAC’s attention. It has been advised that the city transportation dept report back to the cycling advisory committee on the possibility of using raised cycling crossrides. To say, “It is unfortunate the city resists the idea of raised crosswalks so much” may be a little short-sighted, yet an understandable misinterpretation, in what actually goes on in the decision process. There are many factors and affected parties that need to be considered in order to make a usable design. Snowploughs come to mind. It may be surprising to some that one of the biggest resistors to raised crosswalks/crossrides is the emergency services groups. Consider an ambulance that is coasting through an intersection with sirens blaring who are tending to a casualty in the back as they roll over the raised section. However, there are ways to make the raised sections usable. It takes time – a lot of time – to get it right and approved. Personally, I want raised crossings to not be over-built in case Mississauga decides to host a cycling criterium race through the downtown.
    That being said, you are sure to see here first when Transportation & Works comes back with their report on the feasibility of raised crossrides at intersections!

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