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Visibility and safety tips

Being mindful about how you get around can help make sure everyone gets home safely, whether you’re walking, biking, rolling, or driving.

During dark times of day and wet weather, visibility is limited and changing road conditions make it harder to see each other.

Pedestrian-vehicle collisions
happen between 3:00pm and 6:00pm from October – January.

Tips for everyone

  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Watch for other road users making unexpected moves.
  • Make eye contact with other road users, if you're able. If you can’t make eye contact, assume they can’t see you.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Remove your headphones, put away your mobile device or other distractions.
  • Always check that the intersection is clear and that other road users see you before proceeding.

Tips based on how you are travelling

Graphic of pedestrian and driver making eye contact at a crosswalkObey the law

  • If there are no pedestrian crossing lights, wait until it is safe to cross. Jaywalking is illegal.
  • Do not start to cross when the timer has started or the red hand is flashing. Crossing at this time is illegal.

Be visible

  • Wear bright or reflective clothing.
  • Add a reflector to your bag. Consider carrying a flashlight or flashing red light at night.

Graphic of person riding a bicycle at night in the rainObey the law

  • Always remember your helmet.
  • Use a white headlight and a rear red light and reflector on your bicycle after dark, when it's foggy, or when it's raining.
  • Yield to pedestrians at all crossings.

Be visible

  • Wear bright or reflective clothing to be more visible at night or in darker conditions.

Get into position

  • Use designated crossing points.
  • Use designated bike lanes and routes when possible.
  • If riding on the road, ride at least one metre away from parked cars in a straight line.

Be considerate

  • Bike at walking speeds or dismount in crowded spaces.
  • Walk your bicycle on a sidewalk and through crosswalks unless otherwise posted.
  • The speed limit on shared pathways such as the Seawall is 15 km/h.

Graphic of cyclist and driver making eye contact and waving to one anotherObey the law

  • Do not drive, park, or stop in a designated bike lane.

Go slow

  • Watch your speed and drive slower. The speed limit on local street bikeways is 30 km/h.

Leave room and share the road

  • Watch for and yield to people walking and cycling at intersections and when making a turn. Scan the crosswalk and sidewalk corners to make sure people are not crossing or about to step out in front.
  • Take extra caution when turning across a bicycle lane or pulling over to the side of the road, and always yield to bicycles.
  • Keep at least three seconds of following distance behind people cycling and at least one metre of space beside people cycling.

Watch for hand signals

  • Know the hand signals that people cycling use to indicate they are turning left, right, or stopping.

Be considerate​

  • Only honk your horn at a person on a bicycle if you need to give them a warning. A loud honk can be startling and cause someone to fall.

Maintain your vehicle

  • Make sure your windshield wipers are in good working order and your windshield washer fluid is topped up

Be seen, be safe

By City of Vancouver

Click on the arrow to learn how to make yourself visible while walking, biking, rolling, or driving.

  • Lights

    By City of Vancouver

    Wear a light around your neck or attach it to your bag. Use a headlamp or find a light for walking dogs, which often come with a clip. Make it fun with coloured lights!

  • Reflectors

    By City of Vancouver

    To be seen from all sides, attach reflectors to your tires, wheels, and bike frames. Iron or sew reflectors to your clothing.

  • Stickers

    By City of Vancouver

    Use reflective stickers to decorate your helmets, bike frames, clothing, bags, and umbrellas.

  • Vehicle headlights

    By City of Vancouver

    Make sure your headlights are on. Drive slower when visibility is poor.

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