Share the Road – Keep Pedestrians Safe this Fall

In the Lower Mainland, on average, 1,500 pedestrians are injured in 2,000 crashes every year. The Township of Langley wants to remind you to focus on safety, as visibility and weather conditions get worse. Earlier this month, Township Bylaw Officers partnered with ICBC to hand out safety reflectors to help make commuters more visible. As pedestrians and drivers share our roads this fall, here are some tips from ICBC to help keep everyone safe.

Share the Road - Keep Pedestrians Safe this FallTips for Drivers:

  • Focus on the road. Always leave your phone alone while driving.
  • Be ready to yield to pedestrians, especially when turning at intersections and near transit stops.
  • If a vehicle is stopped in front of you or in the lane next to you, they may be yielding for a pedestrian.
  • Expect the unexpected, even mid-block, as pedestrians may not be using a crosswalk.

Tips for Pedestrians:

  • Make eye contact with drivers, as it’s hard to see pedestrians when visibility is poor in fall and winter. Never assume a driver has seen you.
  • Be careful at intersections. Watch for drivers turning left or right through the crosswalk. Drivers may be focused on oncoming traffic and not see you.
  • Always cross at designated crosswalks and follow pedestrian signs and traffic signals.
  • Remove your headphones and take a break from your phone while crossing the road.
  • Be as reflective as possible to make it easier for drivers to see you in wet weather, at dusk and at night.

Learn more about pedestrian safety from ICBC. For information on measures and infrastructure in the Township, such as crosswalks, parking, intersections, traffic signals, and traffic calming, visit Transportation.