Const. Martin Kortas, of Nanaimo RCMP’s Municipal Traffic Unit, hands out reflective armbands to passersby during a pedestrian safety awareness campaign in downtown Nanaimo on Tuesday, Nov. 7. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

Nanaimo sidewalk campaign reflects on safety

Police, ICBC, city representatives hand out reflective armbands and winter walking safety tips

Nanaimo RCMP, city and ICBC representatives performed a sidewalk promotion to raise pedestrian safety awareness.

The two-hour long event happened at the intersection of Victoria Crescent, Albert and Wallace streets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. when people passing by on foot were detained by police just long enough to snap reflective arm bands on their wrists and wish them a nice day.

People also received flyers from ICBC listing tips on how to stay safe while walking on dark winter streets and reflective key chain tags that can be attached to clothing zippers or shoelace eyelets.

The event was part of the agencies’ ongoing Be Safe Be Seen campaign.

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