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Pedestrian control devices, including crosswalks and traffic signals, help protect people when they cross the street.

Pedestrian Right of Way

Pedestrian control devices don't guarantee a person's safety. Always obey traffic signals and check that traffic has stopped before stepping into the street.

Not all crosswalks are marked, but the Traffic Safety Act stipulates the rules of pedestrian safety should be followed at all intersections.

  • When pedestrians indicate their intention to cross the street, vehicles must stop before the crosswalk and allow them to cross
  • When a pedestrian has entered a marked or unmarked crosswalk, drivers must yield the right-of-way
  • When stopping for a pedestrian at a crosswalk, drivers should stop their vehicles far enough back (about two to three car lengths) so traffic in other lanes will be able to see the pedestrian and have time to stop

Drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians can be ticketed and fined $575.

Unmarked Crosswalk

Unmarked Crosswalk

An unmarked crosswalk includes any intersection connecting sidewalks, curbs or edges of the road.

Marked Crosswalks

Marked Crosswalk

Marked crosswalks are used where vehicle volumes are relatively light – 400 to 2000 vehicles per hour and the posted speed limit is less than 60 km/hr.

"Zebra" Marked Crosswalks

Zebra Marked Crosswalk

"Zebra" marked crosswalks are used at mid-block and right-turn cut-off crossing points and non-standard or off-set intersections where drivers may not expect to see pedestrians.

Pedestrian Activated Amber Flashers

Pedestrian Activated Amber FlasherWhile active, amber traffic lights flash to warn drivers they must slow to the indicated speed and stop for pedestrians.

This signal enhances pedestrian visibility and safety in areas with moderate to high traffic volumes.

Audible Signals

Audible SignalAudible signals help guide people with a visual impairment across the road. The City coordinates locations for audible signals with The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). These signals are used at signalized intersections where the geometry is unusual or there are high volumes of turning vehicles.

Countdown Signals

Countdown SignalsPedestrian countdown signals supplement the walk man, flashing hand and solid hand pedestrian traffic signals. They are used where there is heavy pedestrian and motorist traffic.

Countdown signals let pedestrians know how much time they have to clear the intersection. Pedestrians should not enter the crosswalk after the signal has started counting down.

Pedestrian Activated Signals

Pedestrian Activated SignalsPedestrian activated signals are traditional green/amber/red traffic lights with a pedestrian activated button on the pedestal. Once activated, vehicles must come to a full stop. This signal may be coordinated with adjacent traffic signals so the red light may not activate immediately. This device is the highest level of protection installed for pedestrians. It is used on arterial roadways where the posted speed is 60 km/hr or higher.

For More Information

Parks and Roads Services

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10111 - 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
T5J 0J4

Telephone 311
Fax 780-495-0330

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