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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Nominations Open May 1 for Municipal Election Candidates

On May 1, 2018, the nomination period will open for the offices of Mayor, Ward Councillor, School Board Trustee and Peel Regional Chair for the 2018 Municipal Election. Nomination forms will be accepted starting on May 1st until July 27, 2018 at 2 p.m. Forms can be found online or at the Office of the City Clerk. Mississauga’s Office of the City Clerk has a package of basic information and educational materials on being a candidate which will be available for distribution commencing on May 1, 2018. This package will also be made available at mississaugavotes.ca/infoforcandidates at that time.

Running for the office of Mayor or Ward Councillor?
All candidates (or an agent of a candidate) must fill out a nomination form in the Office of the City Clerk, Civic Centre, 2nd Floor, 300 City Centre Dr., Mississauga. Candidates applying for Mayor and Ward Councillor must also provide 25 endorsements from eligible voters in Mississauga in addition to the nomination form.

To qualify for nomination, a candidate must meet all of the following conditions:
• be a Canadian citizen
• be at least 18 years old
• be a resident of the City of Mississauga or the owner or tenant of property in Mississauga or the spouse of an owner or tenant of property in the City
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City of Mississauga Flood Watch and Winter Weather

3:15 p.m. UPDATE

The weather forecast for Southern Ontario continues to call for freezing rain and heavy rainfall today, continuing until the beginning of next week.

City crews are responding to the changing conditions, plowing and salting as the snow and ice accumulates.

Cancellations and Closures:

  • The following libraries are closed: Meadowvale, Courtneypark, South Common, Frank McKechnie,  Streetsville and Lakeview
  • All City recreation and culture programs are cancelled for Sunday, April 15. Buildings remain open at this time as warming centres and for scheduled rentals. Permit holders may continue their scheduled events at their discretion.
  • Mississauga SportZone youth and adult leagues have also been cancelled.
  • All Mississauga Museums are closed.

The City of Mississauga encourages residents and businesses to take precautionary steps to protect their property and ensure their safety. Heavy ice and excessive rain can is expected to have significant effects on the City’s river systems and on the water levels of Lake Ontario.

For safety and to reduce potential damage, the following measures are recommended:

  • Avoid walking or driving in flooded areas
  • Stay away from creeks, rivers and streams
  • Keep children and pets away from all waterways
  • Clear debris from catch basins near your home or business, as long as it is safe to do so
  • Call 3-1-1 to report blocked catch basins or road flooding in your neighbourhood
  • Do not open any sewer manholes under any circumstances

To report flooding, please call 3-1-1. For emergency assistance, please call 9-1-1.

For more information as the Flood Watch continues, visit mississauga.ca or follow the City of Mississauga on Twitter at @citymississauga.