What to know about PXOs

Posted by Ally Kerr on

Pedestrian crossovers and pedestrian crosswalks; they sound similar but what is the difference?


The major difference between crosswalks and pedestrian crossovers is location and design. Pedestrian crosswalks are the typical walkways attached to larger intersections on roadways, and usually have traffic and pedestrian signals.  

In contrast, pedestrian crossovers or PXOs are road crossings outside of intersections at which vehicles are required to stop to allow for pedestrians to cross. These crossovers are always indicated by pavement markings and signs, and in busier locations, some may have overhead lighting and pedestrian push buttons. PXOs allow for pedestrians to safely cross roadways at locations other than large intersections.

Similar to crosswalks and school crossing zones, fines and penalties exist for other road users who fail to follow laws protecting those using PXOs. Be aware of the rules around PXOs to safely share the roads.



Niagara Region. (2021). Pedestrian Crossovers. Retrieved from https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/roads/pedestrian-crossovers.aspx

Ontario Ministry of Transportation. (2019). Road Safety: Pedestrians. Retrieved from http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/pedestrian-safety.shtml


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