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Mississauga Launches “Crossride” Pilot Program

Mississauga is Canada’s 7th largest city, and is dominated by the car, but the city is trying to embrace active transportation like transit and cycling, and recently announced a pilot project of something called “Crossrides”:

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As part of a new bicycle facility pilot program, the City of Mississauga’s Transportation and Works and Community Services Departments have installed crossrides – a crosswalk for cyclists and pedestrians – on a number of multi-use trails in the City.

typically, cyclists are required to become pedestrians when crossing at an intersection by dismounting and walking their bicycles across. At a crossride, a cyclist can ride their bicycle along a crosswalk based on design guidelines provided by the Transportation Association of Canada.

“A combination of pavement markings and signage is being used to identify the bicycle crossing to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.” added Andy Harvey, manager, Traffic Engineering & Operations. “Drivers and pedestrians have not been trained to expect cyclists crossing off the travelled portion of the roadway so the key task moving forward will be generating awareness and promoting education among residents.”

Currently crossrides are installed on Sheridan Park Drive at Homelands Drive and Fifth Line, with more to come this year.

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This is an interesting piece of infrastructure.  Do you know of places in Toronto that these would be useful?

The first place I thought of is along the Martin-Goodman trail along Lake Shore Boulevard…. say the intersection of Lake Shore and Leslie, for example:
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[renderings from MississaugaCycling]

  • Well, in my opinion this would be useful on many suburban arterials. What needs to happen, IMO, would be for streets like Dufferin north of Sheppard to widen their sidewalks and turn them in to official multi-use trails (as they’ve done with many sidewalks in downtown Quebec City). Then these crossrides would be installed at intersections. As best I can tell these sidewalks are already being treated as multi-use trails and are used mostly by bikes except immediately adjacent to bus stops so this could be a quick way to improve suburban infrastructure without impacting traffic in the least. And as these arterials generally have anywhere from 5-20 metres of grass around the sidewalks, there’s no reason this couldn’t be quickly implemented.

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