Pedestrian Crossover Pilot Program Comes to Mississauga

Over the next few months, the City of Mississauga will install five new pedestrian crossovers in various neighbourhoods. Locations have been selected as part of a pilot program looking to improve pedestrian safety on Mississauga roads. The program comes as part of a new provincial legislation under the Highway Traffic Act introduced in January 2016. Under the law, Ontario municipalities now have the ability to install crossovers on low-speed roads.

A pedestrian crossover is a type of crossing where by law, drivers are required to stop for pedestrians intending to cross the road. Crossovers allow pedestrians to cross roads safely and all have specific signs and pavement markings.

“Mississauga is a very busy city with thousands of people making use of our roadways every day, making road safety an important priority,” said Mickey Frost, Director, Works Operations & Maintenance for the City of Mississauga. “These new crossovers will allow pedestrians to easily cross roadways safely.”

Staff reviewed more than 20 locations where pedestrian crossing assistance were requested by the public. The review of these locations included criteria such as the level of pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area and the posted speed limit of the roadway and the locations selected for the pilot were deemed to have the greatest impact on public safety with a view to advance City Council’s Vision Zero mandate.

Frost added, “Vision Zero is a Council endorsed approach to road safety. The framework looks at preventing and ultimately eliminating all pedestrian, cyclist and motorist fatalities and injuries on city streets.”

The pedestrian crossovers, also known as a Level 2 Pedestrian Crossover, will be installed in the following locations:
• Doug Leavens Boulevard(Ward 10)
• Whitehorn Avenue(Ward 6)
• Winding Trail (Ward 3)
• Westbridge Way(Ward 11)
• Homelands Drive(Ward 2)

The law states that drivers and cyclists must also stop and yield at pedestrian crossovers, school crossings and other locations where there is a crossing guard. Drivers can be fined $150 to $500 and three demerit points for offences at a pedestrian crossing.

Following the installation of the crossovers, City staff will evaluate the effectiveness of the program over the coming year.

Mississauga City Council approved the pilot program in February 2018.

For additional information about the City’s road safety program, visit mississauga.ca/road safety.

City Completes Aerial Spray Program

Today, the City of Mississauga completed the final application for the Aerial Spray Program, which began on May 23. Over six days, the City conducted two applications of the spray in affected areas that targeted fall cankerworm and gypsy moth caterpillars on both City and private property.

During this year’s program, the City sprayed more than 22 Mississauga neighbourhoods throughout six Wards. The spray area consisted of 1,940 hectares (4,794 acres) of land equivalent to roughly 1,552 football fields.

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New CVC conservation area to be named for Jim Tovey

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) announced that its newest conservation area, being constructed along the Mississauga waterfront, will be named in honour of the late Mississauga Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey. The announcement came at a packed celebration of the life and legacy of Councillor Tovey, held at the partially renovated Small Arms Inspection Building in Mississauga.

Councillor Tovey’s unique connection with the Region of Peel, CVC and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority served to bring the organizations together to partner on the development of the Lakeview Waterfront Connection – a project that will result in a new 26-hectare waterfront conservation area in Mississauga’s Lakeview community.

“Jim imagined a different path forward for the Lakeview waterfront, where residents can enjoy the waterfront experience and the natural environment can thrive,” said Nando Iannicca, Chair of Credit Valley Conservation and Councillor for Mississauga Ward 7. “Naming the conservation area in his honour was a unanimous decision by Credit Valley Conservation’s Board of Directors, recognizing Jim’s pivotal role in this project. It is our way of saying thank you and honouring his legacy forever.”

The conservation area’s final name will reflect further consultation with the Tovey family, project partners and the project’s Community Liaison Committee.

Jim Tovey recognized the opportunity to reuse clean fill that was being generated by Region of Peel capital works projects as a resource to enhance the natural environment and improve the local community. This responsible reuse of material is central to the Lakeview Waterfront Connection project.

“The Region of Peel is proud to be part of the transformation on the waterfront and delighted that CVC has recognized Jim Tovey’s legacy in such a meaningful way” said Frank Dale, Peel Regional Chair. “The new conservation area is a victory for the community and the environment. It is the realization of Jim Tovey’s bold vision and reflects his passion for his community.” Continue reading New CVC conservation area to be named for Jim Tovey