On January 1st, 2016, the Highway Traffic Act was revised based on a Council motion that Councillor Fleury brought forward to allow mid-block crossing in our city and include a regulation which identifies a new type of pedestrian crossover. Now municipalities can install pedestrian crossovers on low speed, low and medium volume roads.
Pedestrian crossovers or PXOs are designated areas that allow pedestrians to safely cross roads where vehicles must yield to pedestrians when crossing. PXOs are identified by specific signs and pavement markings. In some cases, but not always, they may also have pedestrian activated flashing beacons.
The City of Ottawa will install up to 60 PXOs as a pilot project each year for the next three years at warranted locations throughout the city, starting this month. In the first year these locations will include low speed, low to medium volume roads, and at most single lane roundabouts. The locations of the planned 2016 Pedestrian Crossovers in Ottawa are available on Ottawa.ca.
There are two PXO locations being added to the Stittsville area. A PXO at Springbrook Dr in Amberwood Village should be up and running by June 13. Additionally, at Delamere and Westridge, there will be a reinstatement of the original crosswalk that was there taking effect sometime in August. PXOs will also be adapted into the five traffic circles in our ward (Huntmar and Rosehill, Shea and Fernbank, and three on Robert Grant Way).
I would like to invite all residents who would like to learn more about these PXOs to the official unveiling and demonstration of the City’s first wave.
Date: Monday, June 13
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Place: Earl of March Secondary School, 4 The Parkway, Kanata
Please note that this will be an outdoor event so please dress weather appropriate
RSVPs are requested by June 10 to PedestrianCrossover@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424, ext. 28769