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Category Archives: Pedestrians

Vancouver Seawall safety
April 28, 2017
Let’s All Share the Seawall
Like cherry blossoms and daffodils, every spring in Vancouver sees the return of something truly spectacular – thousands of people out enjoying the Seawall. But 30 kms of seaside trails can result in conflicts between people wheeling it and people heeling it. Cyclists, rollerbladers, pedestrians, and joggers need to share the Seawall and follow the…
dangers of texting and walking
November 9, 2016
Are You a Petextrian?
Like an army of zombies left over from an apocalypse or a cheesy horror flick, you see them everywhere – people walking around, absorbed in their mobile phones. They’re texting or checking social media but they’re not paying attention to where they are going. Tripping on a curb or bumping into a pole might amuse…
Don't text and walk
July 21, 2016
Ban on Texting and Walking?
You know you’ve done it. You’re walking down a busy street, your phone bings, so you pull it out to look. A text, a notification from social media, a calendar reminder – you have to know! Your attention focuses on the phone and you bump into another pedestrian. While that may seem harmless or maybe…
pokemon go accidents
July 14, 2016
Stop, Drop, and Pokemon Go?
Pokemon Go is all the rage. The augmented reality game has taken off around the world with people tracking down “Poke Stops” and collecting Pokemon characters on their smartphones. But it has come with some undesired, even dangerous side effects. Combining a video game with a real-world scavenger hunt, the objective is to get out…
Texting and walking dangers
January 15, 2016
Distracted Walking
Have you bumped into someone on the sidewalk while texting? You're not alone. According to News1130, thousands of people are crashing into each year due to distracted walking - they can't take their eyes off their smartphone. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conducted a survey on distracted walking because most people believe they aren't…
text walking lanes
December 11, 2015
Text Walking Lanes
Want to text and walk? Go to Belgium. Digital Trends says pedestrians using smartphones in the Belgian city of Antwerp are now using dedicated "text walking lanes" Like The University of Utah and Chongqing in China, the text walking lanes have been painted onto Antwerp's busiest sidewalks. While this was a clever marketing stunt by…
pedestrian safety
November 25, 2015
Winter Pedestrian Safety Tips
On average, one person is struck by a vehicle every day in Vancouver. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of the road. Shorter days and winter weather conditions increase pedestrian danger. Keep these safety tips in mind when walking 1. Pay attention to your surroundings and be ready for unexpected events. Don’t allow your vision…
December 31, 2014
New Year’s Resolutions to Keep
                                Start off the New Year with Resolutions for a safer 2015: I will not use my mobile device while driving: It’s time to put your phone down while driving. No message is more important than someone’s life. I will…
December 10, 2014
Put Pedestrians First
A pedestrian advocacy group says more needs to be done to protect pedestrians. According to The Province, five elderly people were struck while crossing at marked intersections between November 23 and December 3. Four of those pedestrians were hit by vehicles making left-hand turns and one by a vehicle driving straight. According to a Coroners…
November 26, 2014
Province Schedules Public Consultation for Stanley Park Causeway
Last February I wrote about how The Ministry of Transportation began surveying the Stanley Park Causeway with plans to reveal a design last spring. Instead, the Ministry hopes to gain more insight from the public during a consultation session. The Stanley Park Causeway is 2.2-kilometres of Highway 99 that connects Vancouver and the North Shore.…