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Police warn of increased crashes involving pedestrians, cyclists during the summer

Last Updated Jun 23, 2016 at 10:52 am PDT

(Photo credit: Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)
Summary

There have been nine traffic-related fatalities in Vancouver this year including seven pedestrians

The number of crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists tends to go up in the summer

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Despite the rain today, Vancouver Police are reminding everyone to follow the rules of the road to help avoid any potential collisions this summer. Investigators say crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists typically goes up between June and September.

When the sun is shining there are usually more people out for walks and biking around the city.

“Cyclists and pedestrians are amongst the most vulnerable road users, and the VPD strives to ensure that all commuters get to their destination safely,” says Acting Staff Sergeant Dan Fox from the VPD’s Traffic Section. “We want to reinforce the message that collisions are preventable and road safety requires cooperation and patience from everyone as summer begins and people spend more time outdoors.”

So far this year there have been nine traffic-related fatalities including seven pedestrians and one cyclist.

In 2015, Vancouver Police wrote 54,615 tickets under the Motor Vehicle Act to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

 

Pedestrians Tips
*always make eye contact with an approaching driver or cyclist before crossing the road — assume they can’t see you
*wear bright reflective clothing at night or during poor visibility
*don’t J-walk
*don’t text while walking

Cyclist Tips
*plan your route before you go and choose bike lanes and paths where possible
*be aware of what’s going on around you at all times and watch for vehicles entering the roadway
*ride at least one metre away from parked vehicles to avoid being hit by an opening door or a car pulling into your lane
*wear a helmet
*it’s illegal to cycle on most sidewalks and in crosswalks
*get a bell for your bike to help pedestrians hear you
*when riding at dusk, dawn or at night, your bike must be equipped with a white headlight and a rear red light and reflector

Driver Tips
*make eye contact with cyclists whenever possible to let them know you see them
*shoulder-check for cyclists before turning right and watch for oncoming cyclists before turning left
*before you or a passenger opens a vehicle door, shoulder-check for cyclists coming from behind
*before you pull away from the curb, make sure you shoulder-check for cyclists
*if you need to cross a bike lane to turn right or to pull to the side of the road, signal well in advance and yield to cyclists