What are controlled pedestrian crossings?
Controlled pedestrian crossings are locations where motorists and cyclists are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. They involve a combination of signage, pavement markings, and in some cases, signals or flashing beacons.
Where are the City's existing controlled pedestrian crossings located?
Controlled pedestrian crossings, including both pedestrian crossovers and signalized pedestrian crossings, are found across Kingston. These existing crossings, as well as four new signalized pedestrian crossings that are slated for construction later this year. More information on each type of controlled pedestrian crossings can be found at https://www.cityofkingston.ca/explore/active-transportation/pedestrians/infrastructure.
In the fall of 2021, the City will also begin operation of three new school crossings to be staffed with school crossing guards. These locations are captured within the preliminary list mentioned below, as they may be considered for future upgrades to controlled pedestrian crossings that are considered ‘controlled’ at all hours of the day.
Why is the City considering new pedestrian crossing locations that connect to Kingston Transit routes?
In August 2020, the City secured funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) to construct pedestrian crossings that provide more direct connections to Kingston Transit stops. This funding is part of a multi-year commitment through 2027 that will create or upgrade pedestrian connections linking to Kingston Transit routes and address barriers to accessing transit.
Where are new pedestrian crossings being considered?
A preliminary list of 37 pedestrian crossing locations, included as part of a recent report to the Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation Policies Committee, has been identified for future consideration. This includes a list of 11 candidate locations that were identified in the City’s five-year Active Transportation Implementation Plan as well as 26 new locations identified through the ongoing review of transportation issues, consultation as part of the City’s Safe Routes to School program, and as part of upcoming capital projects and new developments. These locations are intended to address barriers to active travel and facilitate better connections to Kingston Transit.
Why is the City engaging on additional pedestrian crossing locations?
The City is engaging on a preliminary list of pedestrian crossing locations as part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). Residents are invited to review the proposed locations and suggest additional locations for consideration. New candidate locations identified through the engagement will be reviewed and assessed. This will include consideration for the eligibility requirements set out by the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), connections to existing Kingston Transit stops, and considerations relative to other capital works.