I know it’s a misnomer: the very name crossWALK is pedestrian oriented. And legally, crosswalks are only for pedestrians, a legal point this city (but not some others) wants to honour.
Nonetheless, the City and NCC build bicycle paths (err… multiuse paths, or MUPs) that deliver pedestrians and cyclists alike right to the crosswalk. Even the City’s recent construction of paths around the Baseline Station deliver cyclists to a crosswalk, and then even provide the curb cut so we don’t have to dismount.
The design in the picture is of the path at Carleton University near the Atheletic complex. There path approaching each side of the road is used by pedestrians and cyclists. The raised crosswalk bumps home the message to motorists that this not your regular speed-right-along asphalt motorway. And it is wide, with a painted crosswalk in the centre, leaving lots of room on each side for cyclists to ride across.
Where paths approach a street at a right angle, this is a neat and simple crossing design. It separates pedestrians from cyclists from cars. It has an element of self-enforcement. It calms traffic flow. Nice. Neat. I look forward to the city utilizing this design in other places … well, we can always hope.