TRU has two transit exchanges on campus — on University Drive across from the Trades and Technology building and on Campus Drive at the Open Learning building. Both exchanges are well lit, covered, have access to emergency phones and are monitored by security cameras.
- Always remain aware of your surroundings — it is easy to tune things out when you are on your phone or listening to music.
- Have your ticket or coins ready in your hand so your purse or wallet is out of sight.
- Keep your bags zipped and valuables secured — avoid leaving your backpack on the ground while waiting for the bus.
- When travelling alone, sit in an aisle seat to ensure you do not get trapped or cornered — sit near the front of middle of the bus.
- If you are concerned for your safety notify the driver immediately.
See and be seen — it is the responsibility of both pedestrians and drivers to ensure each other’s safety.
In the fall and winter, as the weather changes and daylight hours decrease, pedestrians become more vulnerable. Nearly half of all crashes involving pedestrians happen between October and January — 76 percent of these incidents occur at intersections.
- Focus on the road and always leave the phone alone.
- Always be ready to yield to pedestrians — especially when turning or near transit stops. Remember if a vehicle is stopped in front of you, they may be yielding to a pedestrian.
- Watch for pedestrians after a bus has stopped to allow passengers to disembark.
- Be alert and slow down through school zones — keep in mind the maximum speed limit on campus roads is 30 km/h.
- Expect the unexpected.
- Watch for drivers turning left or right through a crosswalk; drivers may be focused on oncoming traffic and not see you.
- Always make eye contact with drivers – in winter time when visibility is low it may be hard for drivers to see you – never assume that a driver has seen you!
- Wear lightcolored clothing and be as reflective as possible to make it easier for drivers to see you — especially in wet weather, fog, at dusk and at night.
- Know your route — plan in advance, be familiar with the area and advise someone of your plans — using the Friend Walk function in the TRU SAFE app is a good way to have a virtual buddy.
- Try to travel in groups whenever possible.
- Avoid shortcuts that take you through dark, untraveled areas.
- Keep alert at all times. Don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) away from what is happening around you.
- ICBC Pedestrian Safety
Distracted driving and walking
Mobile devices are everywhere but when used while driving or walking they cause serious distractions and endanger yourself and others. If you are looking at your phone you don’t see what is in front of you or around you — it affects your situational awareness — whether you are driving your vehicle, walking around campus, walking in a parking lot or around town. This can result in accidents and injuries to yourself and others.
Did you know that you are five times more likely to be in an accident if you’re on your phone? Distracted driving accounts for more deaths in BC than impaired driving.
Tips for safe cell use
- No call, text or email is so important it is worth risking your life or the lives of others. Let the call go to voicemail and ignore your text messages while driving.
- Put your phone away — completely out of reach so it isn’t a temptation — put it in airplane mode.
- Assign a designated texter — ask you passenger to make or receive calls or texts for you.
- Pull over to make or receive a call when it is safe to do so. Many highway rest stops in BC provide free wi-fi.
- Use the ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ feature on your phone.