Pedestrian Safety

Improving safety conditions for pedestrians on our roads is the goal of the City’s Walking Strategy.

Pedestrian Collision Summary

For information on collisions involving pedestrians in Toronto, please view:

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Pedestrian Collision Study

In January 2007 the City's Transportation Services Division completed a pedestrian/motor vehicle collision review to identify the most common types of collisions that occur between pedestrians and motor vehicles. Read the full Pedestrian Collision Study(PDF).

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Pedestrian Safety Programs and Initiatives


Pedestrian Countdown Timers

The City of Toronto has installed "countdown" timers at all its signalized intersections to assist pedestrians in crossing the street at signalized intersections.



Scramble Yonge and Dundas

Pedestrian Priority Phase or "Barnes Dance"

A pedestrian scramble phase gives a walk signal to pedestrians in all directions at the same time at a signalized intersection while drivers are stopped in all directions. The primary advantage is that pedestrians can cross the intersection without any conflicting motor vehicle movements. Pedestrians may also be able to cross the intersection diagonally, thereby completing two crossings at once.


Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS)

Accessible pedestrian signals (APS), formerly known as audible pedestrian signals, advise pedestrians who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind when they have the right-of-way to cross at a signalized intersection and in which direction they may cross the intersection. This page provides links to further information in APS signals.



We're All Pedestrians

The Please Drive Carefully – We’re All Pedestrians media campaign encourages drivers to be more aware of pedestrians. The campaign featured posters on transit shelters and the backs of buses. Posters were also distributed to libraries, community centres, schools and other locations. Campaigns were launched in 2003 / 2004 and in 2005.

Pedestrian Crossover Enhancement Program

This program is working to improve Pedestrian Crossovers (PXOs) on arterial roads throughout the City. PXOs have push-button activated lights suspended over the roadway that flash to indicate to vehicles that a pedestrian is crossing the road. PXO enhancements that have been recommended and are currently underway include: visibility enhancements like zebra striped pavement markings, flashing beacons and signs. Where warranted, some pedestrian crossovers on arterial roadways will be replaced with traffic control signals.

Pedestrian Safety and Injury Prevention for Children

Young children need help to make safe decisions when walking near roads. They need to be watched closely and need an adult to cross the road with them. Learn more ...


Zebra Striped Pedestrian Crossings

The purpose of the zebra striped pedestrian crossing is to make the pedestrian crossing area more visible to drivers approaching a signalized intersection, and to remind them that they must watch for and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Zebra crosswalk markings are longitudinal lines installed across the pedestrian crosswalk, parallel to the driver's direction of travel. The lines are 60 cm wide and are spaced 60 cm apart.

Zebra crosswalk markings are the standard crosswalk marking treatment for all signalized intersections and pedestrian crossovers in conjunction with all road reconstruction and resurfacing projects, and with all new traffic control signal and pedestrian crossover installations. The Zebra Crossing Policy was adopted by Toronto City Council in September 2006.

In 2010, 300 intersections had zebra crosswalk markings installed.

Leading Pedestrian Interval Phase

This program provides an advanced walk signal so that pedestrians begin to cross the street before vehicles get a green signal. The Leading Pedestrian Phase has been initiated at the following intersections:

  • University Avenue and Adelaide Street West
  • St Clair Avenue West and Christie Street
  • Lawrence Avenue East and Mt Pleasant Road
  • Yonge Street and Harbour Street

    More intersections will be identified for leading pedestrian intervals in the future.


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