(AKA How to be safe (safer) walking to work, school, transit, on dark winter mornings )
You are hard to see in the dark.
A hint of winter blasted the city of Calgary this week, bringing with it the challenges of winter (snow) driving and walking. Here then, is my contribution to your safety and survival as pedestrian this winter:
Mornings are dark. Most common winter coat colour is black. Wearing your fine black coat (all styles) in the dark makes you, the pedestrian, barely visible to drivers. What was that? Barely visible. The pink font here is invisible against the same coloured background. The same principle applies to walkers. You are hard to see in the dark.
SO keep wearing your dark clothes AND:
- Look before you cross the street – even if you’ve pushed the crosswalk button, drivers who are RIGHT THERE need more warning in winter to stop. You are hard to see in the dark.
- Carry a little flashlight in your hand – or get reflective tape for your bag. You are hard to see in the dark.
- Don’t text and walk – practice heads up walking. Be aware. You are hard to see in the dark.
- Say hello to fellow pedestrians – that way you’re less likely to bump into them.
PS … my morning walk today was dark, windy, and snowy! I saw a woman with a sparkly sequined pink backpack – great reflective properties! So maybe walkers should invest in pink coats with sparkly sequins for the winter. Safe and fashionable.
My morning walk to school – what happens when lights shine into the driving snow!
Transport Canada and CAA, provide great tips for safe winter driving. Here are my top five:
- Turn your headlights on. Daytime running lights don’t turn your tail lights on and everyone needs to see you!
- Take your time.
- Get snow tires – they make a HUGE difference (not really about you are hard to see in the dark, but REALLY important)
- Take public transit – be a pedestrian now and then so that you understand what to watch out for.
- Watch out for the ‘other guy’ – there is a very high chance that other drivers are not doing at least one of the above.
I’m sure there are more! What are your tips for walking, driving, being out in the winter?