Pedestrians

Information related to pedestrians.

Waiting for Pedestrians to Cross

Walk SignalAs a pedestrian in Vancouver I am feeling increasingly at risk says a visitor to this web site. Drivers want to maneuver behind pedestrians as soon as they can. What is the law about proceeding when the pedestrian is still on the street?

This question has two answers, depending if the pedestrian is at an intersection with or without operational traffic lights.

Q&A - Pedestrians at Risk from Turning Drivers

Pedestrian CrossingAs a pedestrian in Vancouver I am feeling increasingly at risk. Cars making left turns are a particular hazard. To get to work I need to cross Cambie St. at 57th, where there is a pedestrian controlled crosswalk. I think that there needs to be more awareness around this kind of intersection.

CASE LAW - Murdoch v Biggers

BC Courts Coat of ArmsA green light doesn't always mean go unless you've had a good look to make sure that there are no hazards present before you proceed. Jennifer Biggers learned this when the vehicle she was driving collided with Carol Murdoch, who was crossing quickly in a marked crosswalk against a red light.

Q&A - Mixed Pedestrian Controls at Intersections

Pedestrian CrossingI'm wondering what the law in BC is for pedestrians on the axis of an intersection that has no pedestrian control lights. An example in Vancouver would be Main Street at 10th Avenue. There are vehicle control lights on the North-South axis and pedestrian control lights on the East-West axis, but not on the North-South axis.

CASE LAW - Cairney v Miller

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis is a case involving a pedestrian (Brian Cairney) and a driver (Kimberly Miller) who met in a crosswalk at the intersection of Vernon and Hall Streets in Nelson, B.C. It was evening and Mr. Cairney saw the vehicle driven by Ms. Miller slow down, so he assumed that she had seen him and was slowing to allow him to cross. Ms.

Q&A - Yielding at a 4 Way Stop When Pedestrians are Present

Q&A ImageAt a 4 way stop, who usually goes first if I am turning left and there are pedestrians about to cross and there is also another car that has stopped to my right at the same time?

In other words, how should the 4 way stop rules be handle if there are pedestrians in the intersection and it mixes up who should proceed first?

Just Because You Can See Doesn't Mean That You Can be Seen

pedestrian conspicuityFew people leave their homes without paying some attention to how they are dressed. When we use our clothing to say "Look at me!" are we really thinking about how we will appear to other road users when we are pedestrians after dark? The right choice of dress prior to your next walk in the dark could be critical!

CASE LAW - Wong-Lai v Ong

BC Courts Coat of ArmsMrs. Wong-Lai and her husband were crossing Prior Street between Gore and Dunlevy in Vancouver to return to their car. They were struck by a car driven by Mr. Ong. The older couple were not able to cross the street quickly, had chosen to cross where there was not a crosswalk on a wide, busy street at night in a heavy rain.

VIDEO - Pictures of You, Ryan's Story

VideoThis is one of four videos, part of the Pictures of You anti-speeding campaign conducted by the Transport Accident Commission of Victoria, Australia. TAC's goal is to make speeding socially and morally unacceptable to the Victorian community.

Q&A - Pedestrians Must Yield to Vehicles Signage

Q&A ImageMy university workplace has just erected signage at a pedestrian crossing leading to a parking lot and I am just trying to determine if this is in contravention of current pedestrian right of way laws in BC (before I submit a formal complaint, so that I have all my facts). There is a one-way road/driveway which leads to a small employee only parking lot next a bus loop.

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