The City of Hamilton is hoping a new pedestrian crossover will be a step in the right direction for traffic safety.
Road markings and signage have been added to the trail crossing on Lime Ridge Road East.
It requires motorists and cyclists to stop and wait for pedestrians to cross to the other side of the road.
Hamilton Police Constable Claus Wagner says it’s a way of getting across the street when an intersection is out of the way.
He expects it will take some time for residents become familiar with the associated rules.
“People understanding that they have to now stop at this type of location, that it’s not at an intersection, because now there is no lights to show them I have to stop.”
Municipalities are permitted to add lights and hanging signs to crossovers.
The City’s Manager of Traffic operations, Martin White says the treatment given to the first crossover is fitting for the location.
“In this particular case the crossing is short and the volume is relatively low.”
“Under the conditions put forward by the Ministry of Transportation it only requires the signage.”
White adds that in the event that motorists are routinely failing to stop, the city can escalate the design of the crossover.
Wagner says there are also a number of associated fines.
Motorists who fail to stop could get a 195 dollar ticket and three demerit points.
Pedestrians who do not provide motorists ample time to stop face fines of 65 dollars, while cyclists risk getting a 95 dollar ticket.
Crossovers are currently being considered for other locations in Hamilton.
White says there is currently a shortlist of 30 areas where this safety measure could prove effective.
In the near future he says expect to see one at Queen Street and Herkimer, that will have all the “bells and whistles.”