Five on the Fifth: Pedestrian Safety


2017-10-05 14:46 PDT

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If walking is part of your family’s routine to get 150 minutes of weekly physical activity, please do so safely. In the Lower Mainland there are an average of 2,200 pedestrian-involved crashes every year resulting in 1,600 pedestrian injuries*. And most of those crashes happen in the fall and winter months** when the days are shorter and the weather takes a turn for the worse. To help you and your family stay safe while stacking up the step count, the Coquitlam RCMP has put together five helpful pedestrian safety tips.

1. Be prepared. Help your kids be smart, safe pedestrians by mapping out walking routes to common destinations (i.e., schools and activity centres) that have sidewalks and marked crosswalks. Then do some practice walks to make sure they know the route and the rules.
2. Pay attention. Think you’re a good multi-tasker? You’re probably not as good as you think. Whether you’ve got your groove on repeat or you’re texting your best friend, anything that takes your attention away from your surroundings can be hazardous when you’re a pedestrian. Keep the volume down or leave one earbud out and save the texting for when you’re not moving—keep your eyes and ears tuned to your surroundings.
3. Be reflective. Most crashes involving pedestrians happen between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. from November and January. Make yourself more visible to drivers by wearing reflective gear, especially during the winter. This video demonstrates the benefits of reflective material over simply wearing white or lighter colours at night.
4. Make eye contact. In BC, 69 per cent of crashes involving pedestrians happen at intersections**. Just because you see a vehicle and it comes to a complete stop, doesn’t mean they’ve seen you. Make eye contact with the driver before crossing to help ensure the driver has actually seen you before crossing.
5. Be predictable. Cross at designated crosswalks, obey traffic signals, and know the rules of the road. And remember, even if you have the right away, it’s safer to yield to vehicles if you think the driver hasn’t seen you.

Five on the fifth is an occasional series of five lesser known facts about well-known crime and safety issues. Five on the Fifth is compiled and released by the Coquitlam RCMP Communications and Public Affairs Team when the 5th of the month falls on a weekday. Follow #FiveOnTheFifth on Twitter to get the latest updates.

*Based on ICBC statistics five year average 2011-2015  
**Based on ICBC infographic be a safe pedestrian

More pedestrian safety resources

Parachute Canada
Pedestrian Safety Tips

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