Traffic signals direct drivers, cyclists and pedestrians at busy intersections. You can use the Roads eMap to see where the current traffic signals are located in Markham.
The timing of traffic signals can change during the day depending on how much traffic there is. The City of Markham reviews traffic signal times to make sure that traffic at an intersection flows well.
All intersections with traffic signals also have pedestrian signals. These signals tell pedestrians when it is safe to cross. The walking pedestrian signal means "Walk". The flashing hand means "Don't Walk". Here are some tips for drivers and pedestrians:
Press the push button next to the crosswalk to make the "Walk" signal appear. This will also give you more time to cross the street.
Cross at the start of the "Walk" signal. If it starts to flash "Don't Walk" while you are still on the street, keep crossing to the other side.
Not start to cross the street if the signal shows "Don't Walk."
Walk. Don't run.
Make sure drivers can see you before you start to cross.
Watch for turning traffic.
Wear bright or light-coloured clothing or reflective strips at night.
Teach children how to cross safely.
Be patient, especially with young children and older pedestrians. They may need more time to cross.
Yield to pedestrians crossing the street you're on and the street you're turning onto.
Look in all directions, even when you have a "green" light, to make sure that all pedestrians have finished crossing. If a traffic signal changes to "amber" or "red" while a pedestrian is in the street, you must allow the pedestrian to cross.
Obey all crossing guards. You can lose points on your driver's license and pay a large fine if you don’t follow crossing guard instructions.
Treat the intersection as an all-way stop if the traffic signals are not working.
Who do I contact if there is a problem with a traffic signal? Contact the Contact Centre at 905.477.5530 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The City will dispatch the maintenance contractor to investigate and make necessary repairs.
Why do some traffic signals stay “green” at night? During overnight and other periods where there is low vehicle demand on the side street, the green will stay on the “major” road. However, when a vehicle is detected on the side street or a pedestrian presses the push button, the traffic signal will change to serve waiting vehicle or pedestrian on the side street. If the signals are changing without any vehicles or pedestrians waiting, there could be a malfunction. If this is occurring, please contact the Contact Centre.
How are vehicles detected? Detectors are placed in the roadway of side streets and left turn lanes. Some intersections may have detectors over the road. They detect when a vehicle is waiting and make the intersection operate more efficiently.
Why does the signal turn “green” for a side street when no cars or pedestrians are there? The most common reason for this is that the detector or pedestrian push button is not working. When this happens, the traffic signal adapts by providing a “green” indication to the side street at regular intervals. If you notice this scenario at any of the City of Markham’s signalized intersections, please contact the Contract Centre.
Why does the "Walk” display not appear when the “green” signal display appears? How does the pedestrian push button operate? The green display is for vehicular traffic only and not for pedestrians. Most crossings have a push button with instructions to allow pedestrians to safely cross the street. To cross the street, a pedestrian needs to press the button and wait for the “Walk” to be displayed before starting to cross. If there is no button, a “Walk” display will appear automatically to advise when it is safe to cross the street.
Why does the flashing hand appear before I've finished crossing? The flashing “Don't Walk” hand is a warning to pedestrians who have not yet entered the intersection that it is too late to start crossing. Pedestrians should not begin crossing the street when the flashing hand signal appears but should continue crossing if they have already started.
What if I don’t push the pedestrian button? Not pressing the pedestrian button will result in the traffic signal to continue servicing vehicular traffic and ignoring pedestrians who are waiting to cross. Pedestrians need more time than vehicles to cross the street, so it’s necessary to push the button to give you the time needed to cross.
Why do I keep hearing beeping or chirping sounds at some intersections? Audible pedestrian signals are installed at signalized intersection to assist with pedestrians who have visual disabilities. The audible sounds provide guidance to visually impaired pedestrians, indicating when the “Walk” signal appears. To activate the audible feature, the push button must be pressed and held for 3 seconds.
Are traffic signals in Markham coordinated? The traffic signals along York Region’s arterial roads (such as Highway 7 and Kennedy Road) are coordinated for peak direction of travel in during the morning and afternoon rush hours.