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Traffic Signals

Traffic Signals

traffic signalThe City of Markham operates and maintains approximately 85 traffic signals. The function of a traffic signal is to alternate the right-of-way between conflicting streams of vehicular traffic, or vehicular traffic and pedestrians crossing a roadway, with maximum safety and efficiency.

Studies are conducted routinely at busier intersections to determine the need for new traffic signals, using technical requirements established by the Province. Evaluation criteria include vehicular/pedestrian traffic volume, delays and collision history.

If you would like to request the City to conduct a technical warrant for a new traffic signal or pedestrian signal, please contact the Contact Centre at 905–475-4704 or by email ccentre@markham.ca.

Use the Roads eMap to view current locations of traffic signals throughout the City of Markham.

Traffic Signal Timing

The City of Markham routinely reviews traffic signal timing to ensure traffic flow at the intersections is moving as efficiently as possible. Depending on location, intersections may use multiple timing plans based on the time of day and reflect the changing traffic conditions.

If you would like to request the City to conduct a signal timing review, please contact the Contact Centre at 905–475-4704 or by email ccentre@markham.ca.

Pedestrian Signals

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All intersections with traffic signals are also equipped with pedestrian signals. It is the responsibility of both driver and pedestrian to ensure each other's safety. Below are some helpful tips for pedestrians when crossing at a signalized intersection:

It is the responsibility of a pedestrian to:

 

  • Cross at crosswalks or traffic signals, and not in the middle of the block or between parked cars;
  • Make sure you are visible to drivers before proceeding to cross;cross walk button
  • Do not cross until traffic has come to a complete stop;
  • Where provided, press the pedestrian push button so that the “Walk” signal may appear. By doing so, additional time will be provided to the pedestrian to cross the street.
  • Cross at the beginning of a “Walk” signal. Do not cross once the “Don’t Walk” signal begins to flash. Never cross when the “Don’t Walk” signal display is solid;
  • Pedestrian signals are timed appropriately to give pedestrians sufficient time to cross the street. Do not run!
  • Watch for turning traffic and when walking in dusk or dark conditions, wear bright or light-coloured clothing or reflective strips so that drivers will see you.
  • All parents and caregivers should teach and reinforce the proper techniques for crossing the road safely with your child.

It is the responsibility of a motorist to:

  • Be patient, especially with young children and older pedestrians who may need more time to cross;
  • Always look for pedestrians, especially when turning and remember, stay alert and slow down on residential streets and through school zones.
  • Yield to the right-of-way to a pedestrian, which means that the operator of the vehicle is required to reduce speed to stop to avoid endangering, colliding with or interfering in any way with pedestrians crossing within the marked or unmarked crosswalk.
  • Yield to both the pedestrian crossing the street and those crossing the adjacent street you are turning onto.
  • If you are moving through an intersection with a green signal, make sure you look in all directions to make sure all pedestrians have finished their crossing. If a traffic signal changes to amber or red while a pedestrian remains in the street, you must allow the pedestrian to complete the crossing safely before proceeding.
  • Obey all crossing guards. Failure to comply could mean demerit points on your driver’s license.
  • Yield the right of way to the driver of the vehicle on the right, when no stop signs, yield signs, traffic signals or police are present, and both vehicles arrive at the intersection at the same time.

For more information on traffic signals, read our Frequently Asked Questions.