Scenario (see mostly accurate diagram below):

  • normal road with traffic lights for cars (horizontal)
  • no traffic lights for cars (vertical)
  • horizontal traffic lights are red (cars stopped)
  • cars going up (vertical) or going down (vertical) and no cars turning up from horizontal lane (ie safe to cross)
  • no pedestrian lights (horizontal)
  • pedestrian lights (vertical)
  • location: Canada


  • Can I legally cross (and not be considered jaywalking) in the scenario if I am at the top right and want to go to the top left? (circled woman in diagram, assume cyclist is not there)


  • 3
    Is this a hypothetical question or do you really know of such an intersection where traffic is only half-controlled?
    – brhans
    Feb 28, 2019 at 21:46
  • @brhans This is actually the case near where I live. The horizontal road is a road that is much more used than the vertical road (like the diagram).
    – guest
    Feb 28, 2019 at 23:53
  • I have seen roads with similar layouts, although only .rarely Mar 1, 2019 at 0:36

1 Answer 1


I think that the rule is to look both ways and cross only when no one is coming. Also, since this is a crosswalk, turning traffic and traffic approaching you is supposed to yield.

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