Crossrides in Mississauga Improve Cycling Safety

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The City has some new crossrides that are being unbagged today. Crossrides allow cyclists to stay on their bikes while crossing through intersections. They may be located where multi-use trails or cycle tracks cross a road. Crossrides are identified with a line of painted squares on both sides of the crossing, and may also include painted bicycle marks. Cyclists do not need to dismount when crossing at a crossride.

This follows the first crossride unveiled by Councillor Saito and the Region of Peel in the spring. We have begun a campaign to educate drivers, cyclists and pedestrians on how to safely use a crossride. City staff have put together a short video highlighting how to use a crossride.

WHAT IS A CROSSRIDE?

Crossrides allow cyclists to stay on their bikes while crossing through intersections. They may be located where multi-use trails or cycle tracks cross a road. Crossrides are identified with a line of painted squares on both sides of the crossing, and may also include painted bicycle marks.
Cyclists do not need to dismount when crossing at a crossride.

WHEN CYCLING:

If the intersection has bicycle signals, look for a cyclist pushbutton. If there is a button, push it and wait until the bicycle signal is green.

Ride cautiously across the intersection within the crossride. Watch for left- and right-turning vehicles to be sure they see you and are yielding.

Travel at a speed that allows you to stop quickly if a vehicle turns across your path.

Don’t pass other cyclists within the crossride. If pedestrians are crossing, ring your bell to let them know you are approaching and pass carefully.

By law, cyclists must yield to pedestrians on multi-use trails.

WHEN WALKING:

If there is a pedestrian pushbutton, push it. Wait for the ‘Walk’ signal.

Cross within the crosswalk.

Watch for turning vehicles to be sure drivers see you and are yielding.

Look around as you cross. Do not use electronic devices while crossing.

Pedestrians should avoid walking in the crossride.

WHEN DRIVING:

When making a turn, look for cyclists and pedestrians who are approaching or crossing the intersection.

Signal your turn early, giving other road users time to react.

Check your blind spot before turning.

Drivers must yield to cyclists in the crossride.

https://www.mississaugabikes.ca/crossrides-and-bike-signals/