Learn about the different signals that the City’s implementing across Mississauga to promote safer, friendlier streets for all road users. All updates to traffic signals are part of the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan.
To trigger the walk phase, push the button at the intersection. Only begin crossing the road when the walking person symbol is displayed. The walking person symbol is displayed first, followed by the red flashing hand, and eventually a solid red.
Do not begin crossing the road when the flashing red hand is displayed. If the walking person symbol turns into the flashing red hand while you’re still crossing, you may finish crossing. You will have enough time before the symbol will change into a solid red hand.
At certain intersections, the flashing red hand will appear along with the countdown timer. This feature is not set up at all traffic lights. The City installs countdown timers at all new traffic lights and on a request basis.
Accessible pedestrian signals (audible signals) inform pedestrians with visual impairments when and which way to take to cross the road.
A pedestrian head start signal gives pedestrians a head start at crossing the road before vehicles. The walking person symbol is displayed five seconds before the green traffic light controlling vehicle traffic is triggered.
Safety benefits of pedestrian head start signals include the following:
This signal is also referred to as a Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI). The City began updating intersections with accessible signals to include the pedestrian head start signal in 2023.
Mid-block pedestrian signals are installed between high-traffic intersections. This allows pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road without needing to travel all the way to the intersection traffic lights.
They include standard traffic signals (green, amber, red lights) to control vehicle traffic on the main street and standard pedestrian walk/flashing and solid don’t walk signals activated by push buttons.
The City installs mid-block pedestrian signals in the following areas:
Additional benefits of a mid-block pedestrian signal include the following:
Unless otherwise specified, bicycles and e-scooters are considered vehicles. This means cyclists and e-scooter users need to follow traffic signals for vehicles.
Cyclists and e-scooter users should dismount their vehicles at pedestrian crosswalks. Learn more about cycling and e-scooter rules, regulations and safety tips.
A bicycle signal has three lenses with a stencilled form of a bike that changes from green, yellow and red. At intersections with bicycle signals, cyclists and e-scooter users must obey the signs.
Cyclists don’t need to dismount when using crossrides with bicycle signals installed.
All crossride users must follow cycling rules and etiquette, including:
A bike head start signal gives cyclists a head start at crossing the road before other motor vehicles. The ride signal is displayed five seconds before the green traffic light for motor vehicles is triggered.
Safety benefits of a bicycle head start signal include the following:
Similar to any other intersection, cyclists are expected to enter the intersection only when the ride signal is showing. Once the yellow signal is activated, you must not begin crossing the road.
In 2023, the City began updating bike signals at intersections where accessible signals are in place to include a bike head start signal.
Green, amber and red lights control vehicle activity on roads and intersections.
A fully protected left turn signal controls vehicles turning left at an intersection. It is separate from the traffic light controlling vehicles going straight or turning right.
In these intersections, left-turning vehicles must obey only the fully protected left turn signals.
Fully protected left turn signals can be found installed in intersections with:
When the advanced green arrow is displayed, oncoming traffic remains at a complete stop. This allows left-turning vehicles to complete the turn without fear of collision.
The following conditions may trigger an advanced green arrow to appear: