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Crossrides


What are Crossrides?

Crossrides for bikes function in the same way that crosswalks do for pedestrians. Similar to crosswalks, crossrides allow cyclists to remain on their bikes and safely cross through intersections. Generally, crossrides are connected to dedicated cycling facilities such as buffered bike lanes, cycle tracks and other cycling infrastructure.

There are two types of crossrides in the City of London: crossrides that allow cyclists to travel in one direction and crossides that allow for two-way travel.

An example of a two-way crossride in London, Ontario will be along the Bradley Avenue West Extension between Wonderland Road South and Wharncliffe Road South.

An example of a one-way crossride in London is at Boler Road & Southdale Road West.

What do Crossrides Look Like?

Crossrides are found at intersections and are identified with thick white painted blocks on one or both sides. In London, crossrides are enhanced with arrowed bicycle stencils and green paint.

crossride at signalized intersection from Ontario Traffic Manual

Source: Ontario Traffic Manual – Book 18 (Cycling Facilities)

 

Intersection and Separated Bike Lane Upgrades

Current cycling infrastructure work focuses on the reconstruction of several intersections to make them more cycling and pedestrian friendly.

  1. Adelaide & Fanshawe Park

    The intersection at Adelaide Street North and Fanshawe Park Road East will be enhanced with new crossrides for cyclists. The crossride will be identified with green paint.

    This transportation project also includes improving the existing in-boulevard bike lanes at Adelaide Street North along Adelaide Street North between Windermere Road and Sunningdale Road East at various spots along the corridor. The transitions between the boulevard bike paths and on-street bike lanes will also be enhanced. For project timelines and additional information, visit Renew London.

  2. Wonderland & Gainsborough

    The intersection at Wonderland Road North and Gainsborough Road will be enhanced with new crossrides for cyclists. These crossrides will be identified with green paint.

    This transportation project also includes improvements to the existing in-boulevard bike lanes at Sherwood Forest Square and at various spots on the east and west side of Wonderland Road North. The transition from the boulevard bike paths to the on-street bike lanes at Gainsborough Road will be enhanced. For project timelines and additional information, visit Renew London.

Crossrides FAQ  

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  • How to Use Crossrides

    Signalized Intersections

    At signalized intersections, cyclists can remain on their bike and cross the road when the signal display indicates that the cyclist has the right-of-way

    Stop-controlled intersections

    At an intersection with stop signs, cyclists may only cross when they have the right-of-way.

    Roundabouts

    When entering a roundabout, cyclists may remain on their bike and cross when there is a gap in vehicle traffic.

  • How to Use Multi-Use Crossrides

    In some locations, there may be a multi-use crossride which allows for cyclists and pedestrians to cross in the same space. In this scenario, cyclists should notify pedestrians that they’d like to pass them by ringing their bell. Pedestrians should proceed with caution and avoid using mobile devices when crossing.

  • Tips for Cyclists Using Crossrides:
    • Proceed cautiously along marked crossrides
    • Watch for left- and right-turning vehicles (both ahead, behind, and to the right of you) to be sure that they are yielding
    • Always travel at a reasonable speed that allows for you to stop if needed
    • Do not pass other cyclists within a crossride
    • Do not travel the wrong way down a one-way crossride
    • Always obey all traffic signs and signals
  • Tips for Drivers Approaching Crossrides:
    • Be hyper vigilant and watch for cyclists and pedestrians who may be crossing the intersection when turning
    • Check your blind spots prior to making your turn
    • Signal your intention to turn as early as possible to provide other road users with the opportunity to react
    • Yield to cyclists and pedestrians who enter into the intersection
    • Always obey all traffic signs and signals
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