The John Counter Boulevard and Leroy Grant Drive intersection in Kingston is being upgraded to an AAA (all ages and abilities) cycling intersection this week. It will receive new infrastructure, including the city’s first crossrides and bike signals, to improve safety and connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists traveling through the intersection.
“The future of transportation in Kingston is safer, connected and more active,” said Ian Semple, Director of Transportation Services. “We’re designing and building projects that improve our roads, prioritize safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and give people more options to get around the city.”
This new infrastructure joins the recently completed Leroy Grant Multi-use Pathway, a priority project identified in Kingston’s Active Transportation Master Plan. The pathway consists of 1.8km of accessible, asphalt pathway from Third Avenue to Elliot Avenue, through Champlain Park, on to John Counter Boulevard where it meets the AAA cycling intersection.
According to a City release, crossrides are used in the following manner:
Cyclists have the option to cross the intersection using crossrides, cycling facilities that work like crosswalks do for pedestrians, and provide an additional level of safety for cyclists.
- Cyclists cross the intersection in their designated space, marked with green paint and bike symbols.
- Cyclists may enter the crossrides when the bike signal turns green.
- Cyclists remain on their bicycle and follow the directional arrows within the crossride.
- When turning out of the intersection, cyclists must yield to pedestrians.
- Motorists must yield to cyclists crossing the intersection in a crossride.
Watch this short animated video to see how an AAA intersection works