Time change safety: Be visible. Be seen.

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With the return to standard time from daylight savings time on Sunday, November 4, 2018, The Regional Municipality of York is reminding pedestrians and cyclists to increase their visibility, and motorists to be more alert to their surroundings. Shorter daylight hours, changing weather and reduced visibility can result in significant safety issues. Read these safety tips from York Region or visit York.ca for more information

Cyclists

Did you know, from half hour before sunset to half hour after sunrise, you must have a front white light and either a rear red reflector or rear red light. You also need to have a light on your bike when it’s dark due to rain, fog, or snow. Without a light, you become invisible at night. With lights, reflectors, reflective tape, and bright clothing, you can be seen again. Fines for riding without lights in Ontario have recently increased from $20 to $110.

Motorists

To increase road safety:

  • Avoid distractions and be more aware of pedestrians and cyclists
  • Slow down during dangerous weather conditions and poor visibility
  • Ensure windshield wiper fluid is full and wipers are functioning properly
  • Make sure headlights are on when daylight is fading and at night

Pedestrians

To increase safety:

  • Avoid wearing dark clothing at night
  • Wear reflective items or clothing and walk with a flashlight to make themselves more visible to motorists
  • Cross streets at designated cross walks or intersections
  • Avoid distractions and make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street