To enhance pedestrian safety, the City of Grande Prairie employs crosswalks and traffic signals. These measures are put in place to ensure the well-being of pedestrians and promote safer crossing practices.
If you have a concern about a pedestrian crossing or wish to request a new one, please submit them here.
How Crosswalks are Implemented
Before the city installs a crosswalk, a pedestrian crossing warrant assessment is undertaken as per the Transportation Association of Canada’s (TAC) "Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide". This guides the City to determine if a crosswalk, at a specific location, is deemed necessary.
Once a concern about a crosswalk is received, the following steps are followed:
1. The City will identify whether the concern relates to an existing crosswalk or not.
2. The City will undertake traffic & pedestrian counts as required.
3. The City evaluates requests using the TAC warrant assessment process. The warrant considers several criteria: pedestrian volume, pedestrian demographics, number of vehicular lanes, traffic volume, vehicle speed, sightlines, proximity to adjacent crosswalks, and collision data, among others.
4. Crosswalk locations that meet the warrant are then prioritized. Crosswalks will be installed subject to available budget.
5. Crosswalks are installed during construction season, crosswalks are not installed during periods of wet or cold weather.
6. If the assessment shows that the crosswalk is not warranted, the location will continue to operate as an unmarked crosswalk.
7. A location that has been evaluated will not normally be reassessed for three years unless there has been substantial new development.
Who has the Right of Way?
Pedestrians normally have right of way at intersections, except when controlled by other traffic control devices such as traffic signals or a police officer.
When pedestrians indicate their intention to cross the street, vehicles must stop before the crosswalk if it is safe to do so.
Drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians can be ticketed and fined.
How to Cross a Roadway Safely?
Please note that a pedestrian control device, such as a marked crosswalk, does not guarantee a person’s safety. When trying to cross the road a pedestrian should:
• Only cross the street at designated crossing points.
• Turn off headphones/earphones and don't be a distracted walker.
• Wear light-coloured or reflective clothing when walking in low light or poor weather conditions.
• Use the Point, Pause and Proceed system to safely cross the street.
• Make sure all vehicle drivers have seen you and have stopped before you start crossing.