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

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.

Report an issue or request a service

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Report street light issues

Report street light issues or request a new street light.

Report traffic or pedestrian signal issues

Request traffic or pedestrian signal changes, additions, and repairs.