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.
During the month of November, RCMP officers, volunteers, and City staff will be on site at high risk locations throughout the city distributing reflectors and safety information for drivers and pedestrians. Join the conversation online using #Headsup!
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 white front lights and red rear lights during low light conditions and during inclement weather. Fall weather can mean slippery conditions; watch out for wet leaves and roads debris, and consider the switch to winter bike tires as the weather gets colder.
Here are more tips to stay safe no matter how you get around our city: