The City of Grande Prairie uses crosswalks and traffic signals to keep people safe when crossing the street.
Remember, pedestrians always have right of way at intersections, except when controlled by other traffic control devices, for example traffic signals or a police officer.
If you have a concern about a pedestrian crossing, or wish to request a new one, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both motorists and pedestrians should exercise caution when crossing intersections. Motorists should not stop for pedestrians waiting to cross illegally, but should proceed with extra care.
Watch this short video, produced by Miss Annie's Grade 1 & 2 class from Mother Teresa School, to learn how to safely cross the road.
Types of Crosswalks
Unmarked crosswalks exist at every intersection where there is a connecting sidewalk. These crossings extend from the corner of the sidewalk, across the roadway, to the opposite sidewalk.
Marked crosswalks have painted white lines and signs. They extend from the corner of a sidewalk, to the corner of the opposite sidewalk. They may also be found mid block, between intersections.
Special crosswalk are marked crosswalks with flashing yellow lights overhead that are activated by pedestrians. They also have advance warning signs.
Intersections Controlled by Traffic Signals
At intersections controlled by traffic signals, WALK and DON'T WALK signals are used in conjunction with a marked crosswalk.
Pedestrians only have the right of way when:
- The WALK symbol is displayed.
- If the DON'T WALK symbol is displayed, pedestrians may cross only if they already began when the WALK symbol was displayed.
How Crosswalks are Implemented
Before the City of Grande Prairie implements a crosswalk, a pedestrian crossing warrant is undertaken as per the "Pedestrian Crossing Control Manual". This allows the City to determine if a crosswalk, at a specific location, is deemed necessary.
Once a concern about a crosswalk is received, the following steps are followed:
- Receive and record the concern from a resident via media, email or phone call.
- Identify whether the concern is an existing crosswalk or not via site visit.
- Undertake traffic counts at the nearest intersection or at the location of the existing crosswalk.
- Undertake analysis of the crosswalk. This warrant includes, but is not limited to, the pedestrian volume, the pedestrian age, roadway width, vehicular volume, the posted speed, visibility for signage location, proximity to adjacent signs, signals and pavement markings and, in some cases, the collision data (if any).
- Once assessment has been undertaken and the crosswalk is found to be warranted, a work request is sent to the Transportation Services department to have the crosswalk implemented as per the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) regulations.
- If not warranted, the current or nonexistent crosswalk remains the same. The intersection will operate as an unmarked crosswalk and pedestrians are expected to use the point-pause-proceed method to safely cross the roadway. There are certain situations where the crosswalk is not warranted, however, it is a safety concern of the traffic engineer, so the crosswalk may be implemented.
- If the resident requests to be informed on the status of their concern, the City will contact the resident at the end of the assessment.