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Crosswalks

car driving by crosswalk in Surrey, BC

Part of our Walking Plan is installing in crosswalks to make it safer to walk in Surrey. Even if the intersection doesn’t have a marked crosswalk, drivers still have to yield to pedestrians crossing the road.

Installing New Crosswalks

We put crosswalks where people would use them the most and in spots where drivers would expect to stop. To protect young children, we also focus on crosswalk locations near schools.

Putting a crosswalk in the right place can improve safety for people walking and driving, but putting them in the wrong location could make it less safe. We use a warrant system (a way to objectively compare different locations) to choose the right kind of crosswalk.

We look at a few things when evaluating a location for a crosswalk:

  • Traffic Volume: We look at how much traffic/vehicle volume is in the area.
  • Pedestrian Volume: We look at how many pedestrians use the area, and pedestrian type (kids, adults, seniors, people with disabilities, etc.)
  • Geometric Considerations: We look at how wide the road is, the grade of the road, and sightlines.

We also look at things like how close the other crosswalks are, the traffic speed limit of the area, how the land around it is being used, if there is a median, and other landmarks that help us decide if it's a good location.

We also use this information to help determine the best type of crosswalk for a particular location.

If we don’t install a crosswalk at a particular crossing, we encourage pedestrians to cross at the nearest crosswalk where they may feel more comfortable.

To request a new crosswalk, please use the Submit a Request service.

Learn more about crosswalk pedestrian signals.

Learn more about improvements to crosswalks near schools.

Types of Crosswalks in Surrey