A message for Vancouver drivers and pedestrians

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Yesterday night, a total of six pedestrians were hit by vehicles on Vancouver streets. Six. You can’t put full blame on one side, both need to take the necessary measures to prevent accidents like these from happening.

We’re not the only ones concerned, the cries heard across Twitter grew louder as the number of people hit increased. Here’s what some Vancouverites had to say:

Here are some things you can do to help save lives:


  • Stay focused on the road.
  • Make sure your lights are on once it gets dark out.
  • This is Vancouver where it rains a lot and the roads are slippery so, for heavens sake, SLOW DOWN.
  • Keep your hands free and off that cellphone! It’s not only dangerous but could get you a $167 ticket.


  • Don’t go walking around outside wearing all dark clothing. Nobody can see you and you’re just asking to get hit.
  • Look both ways before you cross. Heck, look three or four times just to be sure.
  • Don’t assume the car will stop for you. Wait for the driver to see you and come to a stop before beginning to leave the sidewalk.
  • Keep your head up when walking on the road, not down on your cellphone!

Stay safe out there people.


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  • Nicolb

    And for the love of god, cyclists: please actually STOP at stop signs and red lights. Can’t count how many times I’ve had a cyclist zip past my car while I’m at a stop sign, waiting for a left turn.

  • Tyler Griffeth

    Many Vancouver commuters (walking or driving) at best lack courtesy and at worst are completely selfish.  It’s almost as if when travelling in the city they say, “I have somewhere I’m going.  Why are all these people getting in my way?”  

  • KD

    Please stay off your phones, Ipad, etc while crossing and driving LOOK UP!!!

  • P.K.

    I think there’s a bigger issue here, it can’t always be 100% due to human error. Street lighting NEEDS to be improved both in Vancouver and in the suburbs – crosswalk lighting too. I mean, our headlights sometimes aren’t enough but if we use high beams then that’s an issue too.

    By the way, lighting is an issue all around. When it’s raining we can’t even see which lane we’re supposed to be in let alone what’s happening around us.

  • farhanmohamed

    You’re completely right. For example, a while ago new lanes were created/painted on a road I frequent and at night it was near impossible to see the them (I saw tons of close calls). So I emailed the municipality with my concern and recommended they install a bunch of those little reflector-thingies. So they did and the amount of close calls I’ve seen has gone down 70-80%.

    If you have an issue, I’d recommend contacting your local city/district and let them know. I didn’t think anything would come from my single email but they actually did something about it!

  • calisto

    What the hell “Don’t go walking around outside wearing all dark clothing. Nobody can see you and you’re just asking to get hit.” This is like saying dont wear short skirts/sexy clothing so you don’t get raped.

  • http://twitter.com/darthchilli Will Chack

    install HIDs and fix the lighting issue for yourself

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=532595537 Sean Lucky

     Callisto, I feel like that’s a pretty lame comparison… The reason why saying that to a woman who wants to wear short skirts/sexy clothing is so lame is because the responsibility of getting raped in actuality falls on the person committing the crime. Your comparison insinuates that someone is purposefully going around hitting people dressed in all black on purpose, instead of the real reason which is simply the science of light and how our eyes work.

  • http://twitter.com/beingtazim Tazim Damji

    When I’m driving on a road I know, and it is pitch black and raining, it is still difficult to know when the road curves because there is a lack of those reflector thingies and the stripes are not very visible!

  • http://twitter.com/beingtazim Tazim Damji

    That is a good suggestion farhanmohamed   – hopefully if enough of us do so we can have fewer close calls all around 

  • http://twitter.com/jordanrich Jordan Richardson

    People really need to start making eye contact out there. Look at what people are doing on the road and pay a little attention. Don’t assume you’re the only person out there, whether in a car or on foot. It’s actually pretty basic, this driving thing, but so many people manage to screw it up.

  • http://twitter.com/jordanrich Jordan Richardson

    No, it really isn’t the same as saying that at all.

  • http://twitter.com/jordanrich Jordan Richardson

    Uh no. Those are intensely blinding to other drivers and fix no “lighting issue.’ They create new ones as other drivers avert their eyes from where they should be because they can’t frickin’ see.

  • Doug

    The reason so many people are getting hit is because, yes, dark clothing makes it very difficult for the operator of a motor vehicle to see you. Do not assume, just because you are at a cross walk and given a green light to proceed, that you are clear to go, pedestrians have a responsibility to ensure a safe path exists before putting a foot in motion. Look around. 

    1. Wear bright clothing if possible
    2. Look before you walk into a busy intersection.
    3. Ensure traffic is either fully stopped or eye contact made with the driver of a motor vehicle, before procedding into an intersection. 
    4. Wear a flashing light, head lamp or high vis vest when walking on poorly lit rural or suburban streets. Be Seen!

  • Joe Power

    these are all good suggestions for safety, ive been looking into putting my daughter into driver training in Vancouver, it seems like a good option