Seasonal spike in pedestrian injuries; ICBC urges drivers and pedestrians to be more cautious

Ahmadullah Rahmat / October 10, 2018



Seasonal spike in pedestrian injuries; ICBC urges drivers and pedestrians to be more cautious
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Seasonal spike in pedestrian injuries

ICBC has launched a pedestrian safety campaign with the police. The campaign focuses on driver and pedestrian behavior, which the company says are the biggest factors in pedestrian related crashes.  

ICBC is urging pedestrians and drivers to stay safe, as crashes with pedestrians spike at this time of year. 

We asked ICBC if anything new has been done or advocated for in terms of the design of crosswalks or sidewalks. They said in an email, 

We invest with road improvement projects throughout B.C. with municipalities to improve pedestrian facilities but the focus for this campaign is really on driver/pedestrian behavior.” – Lindsay Wilkins, ICBC spokesperson 

According ICBC, the number of pedestrian injuries by vehicles almost doubles from October to January as the weather changes and daylight hours decrease.  

Wilkins said, most of the crashes involving pedestrians happen at intersections and she suggests the following tips for pedestrians: 

  • Be careful at intersections. Watch for drivers turning left or right through the crosswalk.
  • Always cross at designated crosswalks and follow pedestrian signs and traffic signals.
  • Remove your headphones and take a break from your phone while crossing the road.

According to ICBC data from 2013-2017, 1,120 pedestrians are injured in crashes between October and January. 640 pedestrians are injured between May and August.