The City of Nanaimo spends over 300,000 dollars annually to enhance pedestrian safety.

The City is partnering with ICBC and the RCMP for Pedestrian Safety Day tomorrow (Fri).

Between 2:30 and 4:30 they’ll be at the intersection of Bowen Road and Dufferin Crescent raising awareness.

Jamie Rose, manager of transportation said the risks of distracted driving are well known, but distracted walking is also a dangerous activity.

“Similar to driver distraction with cell phones and stuff like that, we are starting to see similar issues with pedestrians not really paying attention to what they are doing. We want to really increase their awareness of when they are crossing the street or moving around they need to be paying attention and they need to communicate with drivers as to what they are doing.”

Forty-three percent of all crashes where a pedestrian gets injured happen from October to January when visibility and weather conditions worsen.