The City of Vernon is reminding everyone to take care of each other on our roads as the days get darker and the risk of being struck by a vehicle increases.
Tips for Everyone
Drivers should keep their heads up for people walking and riding bikes at all times, especially near bike lanes or pathways, downtown, and even more so in low light. Check both ways before you turn across a bike lane or move through an intersection. People may need to walk or bike further from the curb to avoid puddles or debris, so give them extra space when you need to pass them.
Wearing bright or reflective clothing while you walk will make you more visible. Don’t forget Fido – reflectors or lights on their collar will help keep your four-legged friends safe. It’s best to walk facing traffic when you are on a street with no sidewalks.
Year-round cycling means taking extra care. Layer up for changing temperatures and use a strong white headlight and red taillight. Be prepared to choose a quieter route, such as a multi-use path or quiet street, and adjust your speed. Ride at least one metre from the curb to avoid wet leaves or puddles that can make you slip. Studded winter tires are a very wise investment for the colder months.