The City of Vernon, ICBC, and the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are reminding drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians to keep their heads up as the days get darker and collision risk increases.
Tips for Everyone
Drivers, keep your heads up for pedestrians and cyclists, especially around intersections and in low light. Pay attention. Avoid distracted driving, including texting, and watch for vehicles slowing down around you as they may be yielding to a pedestrian. Follow traffic signals rather than pedestrian signals, which aren’t always timed to traffic lights. Make eye contact with pedestrians and cyclists.
Pedestrians and cyclists should remember to be seen, be safe, and be lit. Wear bright and reflective clothing to be more visible. Be predictable and pay attention, especially at intersections, and avoid distractions like texting.
Cyclists are reminded to use a strong white headlight and red taillight. Year-round cycling means taking extra care; plan for sudden weather changes and be prepared to adjust your route and speed. Ride at least one metre from the curb to avoid hazards such as snow windrows and consider switching to studded tires during the winter months.
Here are more tips to stay safe no matter how you get around our city: