Comment 94553

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted November 08, 2013 at 15:05:07 in reply to Comment 94547

The MTO has explained clearly the rules for pedestrians and motorists at an uncontrolled intersection (technically referred to as a "crosswalk" in the Highway Traffic Act):

Pedestrians: must wait for a large enough gap so that motorists have time to come to a safe stop.

Motorists: must yield (slow down or stop) for crossing pedestrians. Motorists do not have to stop for pedestrians until they step off the curb (i.e. if they are just waiting to cross).

It really is pretty straightforward ... except that in Hamilton we seem to have forgotten about the motorists responsibility to yield to crossing pedestrians, we focus only on pedestrians "waiting for a gap" which has morphed into waiting for a gap so large that motorists don't need to even slow down!

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2013-11-08 15:06:05

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