Barrhaven roundabouts will soon be converted to Crossovers
The rules governing Barrhaven roundabouts are about to change.
Barrhaven roundabouts will soon be subject to Ontario`s new pedestrian crossover rules. Drivers (including cyclists) will be required to stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian crossovers and school crossings where there is a crossing guard displaying a school crossing stop sign.
These new rules only apply to pedestrian crossovers identified with specific signs, road markings and lights – the new rules do not apply to pedestrian crosswalks at intersections with stop signs or traffic signals, unless a school crossing guard is present.
It’s important to take note of the new rules as it represents a significant change to the current methodology on roundabout use.
The new law, part of Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act, also provides municipal road authorities the ability to install new types of pedestrian crossovers on low speed, low volume roads in addition to the existing crossovers.
The new crossovers will be gradually introduces at 44 locations throughout the city during the month of June.
Here are the locations of pedestrian crossovers in Barrhaven:
- Beatrice/ Mountshannon at Longfields
- Berrigan at Longfields
- Cambrian at Greenbank
- Cedarview at Jockvale
- Exeter/ Tartan at Jockvale
- Fable/ Weybridge at Jockvale
One of the important elements to take note of is that you must wait for pedestrians to completely cross both halves of the road before proceeding. Drivers will be fined $150 to $500 and 3 demerit points for offences at pedestrian crossings, school crossings and at crosswalks where there are traffic signals.
This defeats the purpose of what a roundabout is used for. This will not speed up traffic but slow it down. Useless rule