These dark evenings reduce visibility for all road users and pedestrian safety is a concern, especially on some of the narrow or unlit roads in the District, such as Brewer Road. Below are some tips from the British Columbia RCMP that all pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, and vehicles should practice:
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic so you can see oncoming vehicles.
- Cross only at intersections or marked crosswalks. Never jay walk.
- Dress to be seen especially at night and on dark/overcast days.
- Make sure you can hear and see oncoming cars. Remove your headphones and your hood when crossing the street.
- Make eye contact with drivers. Keep your head up and look where you’re walking. Never assume that drivers see you.
- Always look for signs that a vehicle is about to move (rear lights, exhaust smoke, sound of motor, wheels turning).
- Vehicles should have their lights on to increase visibility, regardless of the time of day.
- When approaching an intersection, always scan right and left for pedestrians before continuing through.
- When operating a vehicle, be cautious of pedestrians who may be distracted or unaware of their surroundings (texting, on the phone, headphones in, umbrella or hood blocking their vision).
- Obey the speed limit – not to avoid tickets but to avoid tragedy.