Police across the Tri-Cities kick off pedestrian safety awareness campaign with freebies
The roads are shared by pedestrians, cyclists and drivers; every road user has a responsibility to do it safely and make smart decisions.
Each driver has a responsibility to help keep vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists safe; and each pedestrian and cyclist can do a number of things to increase their visibility so drivers can see them better.
Since our days are getting wetter and darker at this time of year, it's important for drivers and pedestrians to focus their attention on the road and make eye contact with each other whenever possible, said Kathleen Nadalin, local road safety coordinator. As a pedestrian, you should wear reflective clothing or use reflective gear so that drivers can see you in all weather conditions. Always cross at crosswalks – never mid-block – and be extra cautious at intersections where drivers turning may not be looking for or see pedestrians in the crosswalk.
That's why police across the Tri-Cities have partnered up with ICBC to kick off the pedestrian safety awareness campaign by handing out free reflectors.
The media are invited to attend this photographic opportunity.
Wednesday November 6th. Port Coquitlam: between 7:00 am and 8:15 am. Coquitlam and Port Moody: between 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm.
Police officers, volunteers from Coquitlam RCMP and Port Moody Police and representatives from the cities and ICBC will be handing out reflectors and road safety tips to pedestrians.
Reflectors and pedestrian safety tips will be handed out at the following locations:
Coquitlam: At the corner of Lougheed Highway and Pinetree Way, the Coquitlam Bus Loop, and at Pinetree Way near Douglas College and Pinetree Secondary School.
Port Coquitlam: Port Coquitlam West Coast Express Station
Port Moody: At major transit and pedestrian areas.
Pedestrian Safety Tips:
With fall and winter weather approaching, we need to prepare for the change in road conditions. At this time of year, the weather is darker and wetter so it's important to plan for the conditions you may encounter on the road.
Dress to be seen. Wearing reflective clothing or using reflective gear makes it easier for drivers to see you. This is especially important in wet weather and in low light or dark conditions when drivers may not be able to see you.
Always make eye contact with drivers. Never assume that a driver has seen you.
Visit ICBC's website for more safety tips on how to 'Be a Safe Pedestrian'.
Additional Pedestrian Safety Info & Tips are available on our website.