With shorter daylight hours at this time of year, it is especially important for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to take extra care when on Nanaimo's roads. The dark and wet conditions make it harder to see and be seen.
Here are some tips to make the roads safer this season:
Drivers should always be on the lookout for pedestrians and cyclists especially near intersections and transit stops where there may be pedestrians not using crosswalks. When turning at an intersection, scan the crosswalk to ensure pedestrians are not crossing. When turning right, check you rear and side mirror to make sure there isn't a cyclist coming up beside you. And, before opening a car door, check for oncoming cyclists.
Cyclists should make sure they can be seen. Wear reflective clothing and have reflective gear on your bike. Make sure to watch out for pedestrians.
As with cyclists, pedestrians should make sure they can be seen. Always look both ways and take extra caution before crossing the street. At this time of year, it is especially hard for drivers to see you so wear reflective clothing, a reflective band or use a flashlight. Ensure drivers can see you and focus your full attention when crossing the road - never make the assumption a driver has seen you. Try to cross the road only at controlled intersections and crosswalks. When walking on a road without a sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
Let's make sure we can see each other on the roads this winter.