KINGSTON – Pedestrians may soon get the right-of-way to stop traffic at 6 more road locations in Kingston — after a committee voted unanimously in favour of the proposal. The city is planning to convert 6 “courtesy crossings” into legal crosswalks in the next 1 to 2 years. Legal crosswalks require motorists and cyclists to stop for pedestrians. The city has already opened two “legal” crossings on Rideau Street and King Street — and wants to do the same at other locations where courtesy crossing currently exist. The cost to convert them is 150-thousand dollars. And officials say more crossings could be added in the future…. Depending on pedestrian needs.
Deanna Green/City Traffic Manager:
“On an 8 hour count we have to have at least 100 pedestrians crossing at that location and 750 vehicles per 8 hour period. Some of those locations will not meet that minimum threshold. So those would fall on a very low priority and we’d be focusing on the locations that at least meet that minimum threshold.”