Cyclist Jack Desante accepts a reflector from community policing volunteers Barbara Thomas, City of Nanaimo assistant manager of transportation, and Ivan Moore during a campaign in downtown Nanaimo on Wednesday, Oct. 20, to raise awareness about the importance of being seen while walking or cycling on dark fall and winter nights. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Cyclist Jack Desante accepts a reflector from community policing volunteers Barbara Thomas, City of Nanaimo assistant manager of transportation, and Ivan Moore during a campaign in downtown Nanaimo on Wednesday, Oct. 20, to raise awareness about the importance of being seen while walking or cycling on dark fall and winter nights. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Campaign in downtown Nanaimo helps pedestrians and cyclists reflect on safety

ICBC, RCMP and Nanaimo Community Policing partner to hand out reflectors, offer reminders

ICBC, Nanaimo RCMP and Nanaimo Community Policing volunteers were in downtown Nanaimo this morning, getting pedestrians and cyclists to reflect on safety by handing out reflectors.

The devices reflect vehicle headlights, are shaped like feathers and passersby were given a choice of either a plain white reflector or one in a colourful rainbow pattern.

The promotion was held from about 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the intersection of Bastion and Commercial streets.

“We’re here with our partners, the City of Nanaimo, volunteers and RCMP and we’re giving out reflectors to folks who are walking about,” said Caroline Robinson, ICBC road safety and community coordinator. “It’s our annual pedestrian awareness campaign, encouraging folks who might be walking or cycling at night to be reflective. It’s one of the best things you can do to be safe.”

Most passersby accepted the reflectors when offered.

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