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Pedestrian Crossing Control

The City of Winnipeg has adopted the Transportation Association of Canada's Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide (2011) as a basis to assess pedestrian crossing control needs. Updated City guidelines for pedestrian crossing control based on the Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide were approved by the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works on January 11, 2013 (Minute No. 41) and are used to assess requests from the public for new pedestrian crossing locations.

Preliminary Assessment

The warrant for pedestrian crossing control is determined using the preliminary assessment based on factors that include:

  • Vehicular volume at the crossing location;
  • Pedestrian volume;
  • Proximity to other traffic control devices; and
  • Route connectivity requirements.

It should be noted that engineering judgement, knowledge and experience plays a role in the decision making (warrant) process given the existing constraints and unique characteristics of each situation and/or location.

The warrant for elementary school (school that contains a K-6 grade) pedestrian crosswalks are assessed differently than the Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide. In general, school children near a crosswalk are more visible than any signs that may be installed. However, as a means of informing motorists at all times of the day that children may frequent the crossing and as a means of supporting the school patrol/crossing guard program, school crosswalk signs and markings may be installed on streets where the posted speed limit is less than or equal to 60 km/h and the proposed crossing location is at a minimum distance from the nearest form of traffic control where:

  • The crossing is adjacent to or near elementary schools where school patrols/crossing guards are present during school arrival and dismissal times;
  • The crossing is at a public pathway frequented by elementary school children on their way to/from school, which are supported by the school patrol/crossing guard program.

For elementary school pedestrian corridors, the crossing must meet the above requirements for a patrolled crosswalk and have a minimum cross-product of the number of children crossing versus the number of vehicles traversing the crosswalk in the highest ½ hour for the elementary school corridor warrant to be met.

  • A 'WARRANTED' location has met the established criteria for pedestrian crossing control based on the preliminary assessment.
  • An 'UNWARRANTED' location has not met the established criteria for pedestrian crossing control based on the preliminary assessment.

Types of Treatment Systems

Upon determining the warrant for pedestrian crossing control, the crossing location is further assessed to decide the type of treatment system based on the average daily traffic, speed limit and geometric characteristics (i.e. number of traffic lanes, presence of a median).

Three treatment systems are outlined in the Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide:

  1. Ground-mounted System
    The ground-mounted system is a pedestrian crosswalk with side-mounted signs, pavement markings, and advanced warning signs when deemed necessary.

  2. Ground Mounted System Pedestrian Crossing Control
    (Cottonwood Road and Cherry Crescent - Google Street View)

  3. Overhead Flashing Beacon System (Pedestrian Corridor)
    Overhead flashing beacon systems consist of overhead signs with pedestrian-activated amber beacons, side-mounted signs, pavement markings, and advanced warning signs when deemed necessary.

  4. Pedestrian Corridor-Overhead Beacon
    (Colony Street and Qu’Appelle Avenue - Google Street View)

  5. Traffic Signal System
    Traffic signal systems consist of both half and full traffic signals, which use red, amber, and green traffic signals to control traffic. Pedestrian accommodation is controlled by pedestrian signals that display Walk, Flashing Don't Walk and Do Walk indications; separate crossings may be provided for cyclists at these locations.

  6. Traffic Signal System

    Traffic Signal System
    (Osborne Street and Granite Way - Google Street View)

Prioritization

Once the preliminary assessment is completed and the type of treatment system is determined, the location is added to the City’s Pedestrian Crossing Control Priority List. A number of factors are considered in prioritizing pedestrian corridors and traffic signals in order to compare the potentially diverse reasons requiring traffic control. The measures are primarily a relative ranking of locations or a threshold that, if exceeded, is an indication of need. The following lists measures that are to be determined and compared to assess relative priority:

  • Conflicting vehicles volume;
  • Hourly pedestrian volume;
  • Distance to nearest traffic control device;
  • Pedestrian delay;
  • Collision history; and
  • Whether or not the crossing location is on an active transportation route.

There are limited resources for installing pedestrian corridors and traffic control signals. As a result, warranted locations must be prioritized relative to each other City-wide so that limited funds are dedicated to locations with the highest need. Prior to the installation of any pedestrian corridors or traffic signals, approval must be sought and granted by the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works. As part of the City’s Traffic Engineering Improvements Program (TEIP), there is the capacity to install pedestrian corridors and traffic signals at approximately 3 to 5 locations each year. Pedestrian corridors and traffic signals may also be installed as part of major road rehabilitation or reconstruction projects.

Pedestrian Crossing Control Priority List

In Winnipeg, there is a priority stream for elementary school pedestrian corridors and a separate priority stream for all other pedestrian corridors and traffic signals. The lists below are updated as new locations are assessed, warranted locations are reviewed in greater detail and the highest priority locations are implemented.

WARRANTED LOCATIONS RANKING
McGregor Street and Flora Street (4)
Tache Avenue and Eugenie Street (3)
Tuxedo Avenue and Doncaster Street (1)
Sargent Avenue and Langside Street (2)

WARRANTED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LOCATIONS
 
No candidate locations warranted at this time.  

WARRANTED LOCATIONS NOT CURRENTLY SUPPORTED FOLLOWING DETAILED REVIEW
The following locations meet the numerical requirement of the warrant but are currently not recommended for implementation at this time for reasons identified in a more detailed review. These reasons may include historical factors, anticipated changes to the street network in the area that would remove or relocate the need for crossing control, risks associated with access to the crossing, excessive cost of installation, etc.
Broadway and Spence Street
Fermor Avenue and Seagrim Road
Main Street and Commonwealth Avenue
McGillivray and Front Street
McGregor Street and Stella Avenue
Moray Street and south of Murray Park Road
Notre Dame Avenue and Edmonton Street/Gertie Street
Panet Road and Keenleyside Street
Pembina Highway and Greencrest Avenue
River Road and Nicollet Avenue
William Avenue and Gertie Street

UNWARRANTED LOCATIONS
Academy and Borebank Street
Academy Road and Cambridge Street
Archibald Street and St. Catherine Street/Tremblay Street
Arlington Street and Aberdeen Avenue
Arlington Street and Church Avenue
Corydon Avenue and Edgeland Boulevard
Corydon Avenue and Lanark Street
Corydon Avenue and Wentworth Street
Dakota Street and Chesterfield Avenue
Dakota Street and 170 metres north of Paddington Road (1295 Dakota Street)
Dakota Street and 390 metres north of Paddington Road (Dakota Community Club)
Des Meurons Street and Bertrand Street
Des Meurons Street and Hamel Avenue/Cabana Place
Des Meurons Street and Yelle Street
Ellice Avenue and Tefler Street North
Ferry Road and Bruce Avenue
Gateway Road and Furniture Park
Gateway Road and Jim Smith Drive
Grant Avenue and Bramble Drive
Grant Avenue and Cathcart Street
Grant Avenue and Chalfont Road
Grant Avenue and Elmhurst Road
Grant Avenue and Lilac Street
Higgins Avenue and Austin Street
Higgins Avenue and Princess Street
Leila Avenue and East of Ambassador Row
Logan Avenue and Electa Street/Blaine Street
Logan Avenue and Gunnell Street
Logan Avenue and Sherman Street
Main Street and Aberdeen Avenue
Main Street and Church Avenue
Main Street and Le Peress Avenue
Main Street and Park Manor Boulevard
Main Street and Polson Avenue
Main Street and Woodbine Avenue
McGillivray Boulevard and Front Street/Fort Whyte Alive
McGillivray Boulevard and Linden Ridge Drive
McGregor Street and Belmont Avenue
McGregor Street and Hartford Avenue
McGregor Street and Kilbride Avenue
McGregor Street and Stella Avenue
McPhillips Street and Huron Avenue
Mountain Avenue and Andrews Street
Nairn Avenue and Allan Street
Ness Avenue and Thompson Drive
Ness Avenue and Wallasey Street/Strauss Drive
Notre Dame Avenue and Tentler Avenue
Osborne Street and Baltimore Avenue
Pembina Highway and Dartmouth Drive
Pembina Highway and Jessie Avenue
Pembina Highway and Newdale Avenue
Pembina Highway and Scotland Avenue
Pembina Highway and Southwood Avenue
Pioneer Avenue and 100 metres west of Waterfront Drive
Plessis Road and Kildonan Green Drive
Portage Avenue and Daer Boulevard/Greenway Crescent W
Portage Avenue and Rita Street
Portage Avenue and Rouge Road
Portage Avenue and Simcoe Street
Portage Avenue and Strathmillan Road
Provencher Boulevard and Nadeau Street
Regent Avenue West and Chrislind Street
Regent Avenue West and Winona Street
River Avenue and Cauchon Street
Roblin Boulevard and 335 metres east of Commissary Road (Zoo Entrance)
Roblin Boulevard and Municipal Road
Roblin Boulevard and Stack Street/Windwill Way
Rorie Street and McDermot Avenue
Salter Street and Matheson Avenue
Salter Street and Perth Avenue
Salter Street and St. Anthony Avenue
Sargent Avenue and Downing Street
Sargent Avenue and Goulding Street
Sargent Avenue and Minto Street
Shaftesbury Boulevard and West Taylor Boulevard
Smith Street and Navy Way
St. Anne's Road and 200 metres north of Warde Avenue (South St. Vital Trail)
St. Mary’s Road and Carriere Avenue
St. Mary's Road and Crystal Avenue
St. Mary's Road and Guay Street
St. Mary's Road and Harrowby Avenue
St. Mary’s Road and Hastings Boulevard/Hindley Avenue
Stafford Street and Carter Avenue
Sturgeon Road and Hallonquist Drive
Sturgeon Road and Woodgreen Place
Tache Avenue and Despin Street
Taylor Avenue and Beaverbrook Street
Warde Avenue and Ashworth Street South
Watt Street and Larsen Avenue
William Stevenson Way and 130 metres west of Waterfront Drive

Recently Installed Locations

Pedestrian Corridor Donald Street at Hargrave Place:
Pedestrian Crossing Control
Pedestrian Corridor Mountain Avenue at Aikins Street:
Pedestrian Crossing Control
Pedestrian Corridor Osborne Street at Beresford Avenue:
Pedestrian Crossing Control
Pedestrian Corridor Salter Street at Church Avenue:
Pedestrian Crossing Control
Pedestrian Corridor Tache Avenue at De La Cathedrale Avenue:
Pedestrian Crossing Control
Half Signal Notre Dame Avenue at Sherburn Street:
Pedestrian Crossing Control
Last update: December 5, 2017