In an effort to promote and support safe cycling, the City will now be implementing more crossrides and bike signals at intersections.
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.
What You Need To Know
- 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.
- 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 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.
For more information about cycling in Mississauga, please visit www.mississaugabikes.ca.