As warmer weather arrives, more people are putting down their car keys and putting on their helmets and sneakers, that’s why the City of Vernon, Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP and ICBC are promoting cyclist and pedestrian safety.
RCMP officers and city volunteers are targeting specific locations during the month of May to hand out reflectors and safety tips for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers.
There will be signage on location with safety messaging, and a social media campaign using the hashtag #HeadsUp.
“ICBC urges drivers and cyclists to watch out for each other and share the road,” said Christine Kirby, local ICBC road safety and community coordinator.
Cyclists are reminded to be cautious and follow the rules of the road.
“Often pedestrian involved collisions occur when drivers are executing right- or left-hand turns at intersections and when pedestrians are either jay-walking, wearing dark clothing or not paying attention to what’s around them as well,” said Const. Kelly Brett.
Brett added, road safety is a shared responsibility. Staying visible and making eye contact with fellow road users is not just a tip, it could reduce your chances of sustaining serious injury or being charged with an offence.
Drivers should also be aware and checking crosswalks and intersections for cyclists and pedestrians.
“Whether we are walking, driving, or riding a bike, we all have a responsibility to take care of each other on our roads and pathways,” said Angela Broadbent, Active Transportation Coordinator at the City of Vernon. “We want everyone to feel safe as they take advantage of the beautiful weather to enjoy a bike ride or walk around Vernon,” said Brett.