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Intersection Safety Pilot

    The Regional Municipality of York is continuing to make road and intersection improvements to further enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety. The following four intersections have additional safety enhancements.

    • Major Mackenzie Drive and Bayview Avenue in the City of Richmond Hill
    • Yonge Street and Clark Avenue in the City of Markham
    • Bathurst Street and Carrville/Rutherford Road in the City of Richmond Hill
    • Bathurst Street and Clark Avenue in the City of Vaughan

    Safety enhancements include:

    • No right turn on red signal
    • Exclusive left turn signal
    • Pedestrian and cyclist right-of-way signage
    • Leading pedestrian phase (head start for pedestrians)

    The performance of these enhancements is being measure over a period of one year to evalute benefits and better understand the impacts on traffic flow.

    Frequently Asked Questions Graphic Bar link to more information.

    What's at an Intersection? (PDF)



    Pedestrians, wearing bright or reflective clothing during the darker winter months can make you more visible to motorists. And motorists, please be extra vigilant after dark.


    Dear Expert,How do I get motorists to notice me? Sincerely, Lonely Pedestrian

    Dear Pedestrian

    You may think that a stylish black outfit will get you noticed, but the opposite is true. When it’s dark outside you need to wear bright or reflective clothing. Check out our video to see the difference reflective strips can make. And one more thing, please, lose the hoodie. Let the motorists see you for the awesome person you are.

    P.S. Another great way to get noticed is to cross only at signalled intersections and cross walks – that’s where motorists are on the lookout for pedestrians.

    Dear Expert, I feel like I’m not seeing pedestrians enough. Am I doing something wrong? Sincerely, Caring Motorist

    Dear Caring Motorist,

    First of all you are not alone. Wanting to see more of someone, especially during the darker months, is common. Here’s what you can do: 

    • Approach intersections with caution and scan carefully to look out for pedestrians.
    • Make sure your windshield is clean inside and out as night-time glare can make visibility difficult.  Visibility can be drastically reduced due to dirt on the inside of a windshield too.  When confronted with oncoming headlights, dirt on the inside will have the same effect as fog or frost.
    • Slow down when it is raining – when it’s dark and wet it’s even harder to see pedestrians.  Driving slower will give you more time to see them.
    • Make sure your headlights and windshield wipers are in good working order.  

    Dear Expert, I want my children to have healthy relationships with motorists. What can I do? Sincerely, Concerned Pedestrian Parent

    Dear Concerned Pedestrian Parent,

    Parents need to always remember that they are role models for their children. So teach them how to cross the street properly – obey pedestrian signals.  We need to promote obeying pedestrian signals at every opportunity. Please cross at crosswalks or intersections and stay alert while crossing.

    And please make sure your children are dressed in bright coloured or reflective clothing during the darker months so that they are more visible to motorists. Watch this eye opening video that shows how reflective strips dramatically increase visibility.

    Tips For Commercial Vehicles

    For pedestrians: 

    Listen for back-up alarms and watch for reverse lights.  Both are indicators that the vehicle is about to back-up.

    Avoid areas such as truck loading or service areas.  Areas where pedestrians are not normally expected to be are particularly hazardous.

    For drivers:

    Watch for pedestrians when making turns at intersections.  A distracted pedestrian can easily walk into the side of a turning truck.

    Use a spotter at the rear of your vehicle whenever possible when reversing.  A pedestrian can move behind your truck and out of your sight within seconds

    Walk around your truck before you start from a parked position.  Children are drawn to trucks and can easily be concealed by the components of a large vehicle.



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