Pro tips for distracted pedestrians
Being one of North America’s most walkable cities, Vancouver’s streets are filled daily with cars, bikes, buses and pedestrians. While driver safety and responsibility is our primary concern, we also take pedestrian responsibility to heart.
Distractions are everywhere walking through the city – phones, friends and the general hustle-and-bustle are more than enough to attract our attention. But considering an estimated 20% of accidental pedestrian fatalities involved “some form of distraction, such as using a mobile device, wearing ear buds, walking a dog or riding a skateboard,” a quick review of safe walking habits seems appropriate.
When approaching a crosswalk, press pause on the music, slide your phone into your pocket and do a quick LCR scan (left-centre-right) to get a full view of the traffic situation. If you see a vehicle coming, stop at the curb and try to make eye contact before crossing; be wary of other vehicles who may be hidden in their blind spot.
Vancouver has decreased the number of pedestrian accidents in the city every year, but even one is one too many. If the “Don’t Walk” signal is flashing before you cross, stay put. Many of us have a tendency to rush the light and make it across, but that’s technically illegal under BC’s Motor Vehicle Act and carries a $109 fine.
Whether you’re in a vehicles or strolling through the city, your safety is important to the Modo team. We live in a beautiful, walkable city so get out there and enjoy it!