The City has many walking amenities, including trails, sidewalks and crosswalks.  There are more than 100 crosswalks in the City of Campbell River, including 24 crosswalks with solar-powered flashing amber lights.  There are more than 130 km of sidewalks in the City of Campbell River, with a long-term plan to increase the City’s walk-ability with the installation of many more kilometers of sidewalk.

Crosswalks Questions and Answers

There are over more than 100 crosswalks in the City of Campbell  River, including 24 with solar-powered flashing amber lights.

As a pedestrian, how can I safely use the crosswalks with flashing amber lights?

Pedestrians should approach the crosswalk and press the button to activate the double-sided crosswalk lights on both sides of the road.  The lights flash yellow when a button on either side of the crosswalk is pressed.  The lights start to flash immediately after the button is pushed, and will stay on long enough for a pedestrian to finish crossing the road.

Pedestrian should watch vehicular traffic and remain at the side of the road until traffic from all directions has stopped. Pedestrians may then proceed with caution across the road.

Both driver and pedestrian are responsible for a safe road crossing. When in doubt, both parties are advised to look, slow down and proceed with extra caution.

As a pedestrian, how can I safely use the crosswalk without flashing amber lights?

As above, pedestrians should approach the crosswalk and watch vehicular traffic and remain at the side of the road until traffic from all directions has stopped. Pedestrians may then proceed with caution across the road.

Drivers are required to yield to pedestrians at all crosswalks.

Why can’t I see the flashing amber light?

To determine that it’s safe to cross the road, the pedestrian should ensure that all approaching drivers see the pedestrian and are prepared to stop. The flashing amber lights help catch the attention of drivers to let them know that a pedestrian is waiting to cross the road, or is currently crossing the road. The lights do not guarantee that a vehicle will stop. It’s still important for drivers and pedestrians to make eye contact with each other.

As a driver, how should I approach a crosswalk?

Drivers approaching any crosswalk should be on the lookout for pedestrians crossing. Drivers are required to yield to pedestrians at all crosswalks.

If the crosswalk has flashing yellow lights, this indicates that a pedestrian has activated the crosswalk, and drivers should slow their vehicle, note the location of pedestrians and stop if pedestrians are in the crosswalk or waiting to cross the road. Drivers should be aware of any other nearby pedestrians who may wish to cross the road.

If there is a pedestrian waiting to cross the road, or already in process of crossing, the driver should stop, and wait for the pedestrian to finish. Be aware of the “blind spot” created by a vehicle stopped in front of you, or in the lane next to you. This vehicle may be yielding to a pedestrian, so be prepared to stop.

Both driver and pedestrian are responsible for a safe road crossing. When in doubt, both parties are advised to look, slow down and proceed with extra caution.

Can I request a crosswalk?

Yes, please contact the City of Campbell River’s Roads Department. The City will review the proposed crosswalk location. The City uses the guidelines set out by the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to determine if a location meets the warrants for a crosswalk, and what type of crosswalk is needed. These warrants are based on pedestrian use, vehicle volume and road characteristics to ensure that crosswalk installation is consistent throughout the province. If the location warrants a crosswalk, the City will install the crosswalk, budget permitting.

Sidewalks Questions and Answers

There are more than 130 km of sidewalks in the City of Campbell River, with a long-term plan to install many more kilometres of sidewalk.

Why do some neighbourhoods have sidewalks and others do not?

Sidewalks are installed in new subdivisions based on the City’s design standards at that time. Some older neighbourhoods were developed before the time when sidewalk installation was required. These neighbourhoods don’t have sidewalks. Our current design standards call for sidewalks, or other pedestrian amenities, on all roads.

Will the City install sidewalks in my neighbourhood?

The City has a long-term plan to provide all neighbourhoods with sidewalks. The entire City has been reviewed and locations without sidewalks were prioritized, based on potential use, type of roadway (arterial, collector or local) and proximity to schools and other pedestrian attractions such as parks and playgrounds. The City will install these sidewalks, budget permitting. In the past few years, the City has installed sidewalks on:

  • Springbok Road
  • Eland Drive
  • Niluht Drive
  • South Murphy Street
  • Ridge Road
  • Christopher Road
  • Albatross Road
  • South Birch Street

How can I request sidewalks in my neighbourhood?

There is already a plan in place to install sidewalks in all neighbourhoods, and the sidewalks are built year by year, budget permitting. If you have a specific request or inquiry, please contact the Roads Department.

How can I ensure safety as a pedestrian?

Here are some tips to being a safe pedestrian:

  • If there is a sidewalk, walk on the sidewalk
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk on the road, facing oncoming traffic
  • Wear bright coloured clothing and reflective bands at night
  • Be extra cautious when crossing roads

I still have questions. Who can I contact?

For additional information about sidewalks, please contact:

City of Campbell River Transportation Department at 250-286-5700 or transportation@campbellriver.ca
Mailing address: 301 St. Ann's Road, Campbell River, BC V9W 4C7.

For additional information on City trails and parks, please visit the Parks Department.

ICBC Pedestrian Brochure (93 KB)

Crosswalk Brochure (1999 KB)

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