Kingston’s first AAA intersection coming to John Counter Boulevard

September 30, 2020

The intersection at John Counter Boulevard and Leroy Grant Drive is being upgraded to an AAA (i.e. all ages and abilities) cycling intersection this week. New infrastructure, including Kingston’s first crossrides and bike signals, will enhance safety and connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists traveling through the intersection.

“The future of transportation in Kingston is safer, connected and more active,” says 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 connects to the newly completed Leroy Grant Multi-use Pathway, a priority project identified in Kingston’s Active Transportation Master Plan. It consists of 1.8km of accessible, asphalt pathway from Third Avenue to Elliot Avenue, through Champlain Park, and then on to John Counter Boulevard where it meets the AAA cycling intersection.

How do crossrides work?

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.