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Nanaimo celebrates Pedestrian Safety day

It’s Pedestrian Safety day today.

In Nanaimo, ICBC is hosting an event at the intersection of Front Street and Bastion Street between 11:30am and 1pm.

“Pedestrian safety is up to all of us,” says ICBC Road Safety Coordinator Caroline Robinson. “We’re reminding road users to be extra alert during the fall and winter months, as visibility and weather conditions worsen. When driving, focus on the road, avoid distractions and be ready to yield to pedestrians – especially at intersections. As a pedestrian, always use designated crosswalks, make eye contact with drivers and try to be as reflective as possible.”

RCMP will also be attending.

Pedestrians are asked to focus on being present— heads up, phones down, and headphones off when crossing the street and interacting with vehicles on the road.

“We are striving to make walking a safe and comfortable way for citizens to move about Nanaimo,” says Mayor Leonard Krog. “Pedestrian Safety Day brings awareness to the importance of seeing and being seen especially as our winter weather descends on us. Be bright, be visible, and please, stay safe.”

Between October and January this year, pedestrian fatalities increased by an average of 54% in B.C.

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Halloween, just a few days away, is one of the most dangerous days in the entire year for pedestrians.

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