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Be visible and be seen during the shorter daylight hours

Be Visible Be Seen

As daylight hours get shorter and the days get darker sooner, pedestrians and cyclists are most at-risk for serious injury or death when involved in a collision with a vehicle.

November has the highest number of pedestrian-involved vehicle collisions.  Pedestrians are less visible in the late afternoon when the days get darker sooner. Pedestrian collisions occur most often during the morning and afternoon peak periods when traffic volumes are highest and daylight is reduced.

Whether you drive, walk or cycle, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind to help ensure everyone in York Region arrives home safely at the end of each day.

To increase safety for pedestrians:

  • Avoid distractions and make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street
  • Avoid wearing dark clothing at night - wear reflective clothing and walk with a flashlight to be more visible
  • Stand back a safe distance from the edge of the roadAlways press the crosswalk button to cross streets at designated crosswalks or intersections, and only begin to cross when the walk signal is displayed

To increase safety for cyclists:

  • Use a headlight at the front of the bicycle and a flashing red LED rear light
  • Wear light-coloured clothing
  • Wear a safety vest or jacket with reflective material
  • Wear a strobe light on your arm

To increase safety for motorists:

  • Avoid distractions and actively watch for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Share the road and leave space for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Slow down during dangerous weather conditions and poor visibility
  • Ensure windshield wiper fluid is full and wipers are functioning properly
  • Use your headlights at all times
For more safety tips and to view York Region’s road safety videos, visit york.ca/bevisiblebeseen



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