Rules of the Road
A variety of vehicle regulations, rules and programs exist to ensure that city streets are as safe as possible.
- A driver must yield to a pedestrian in an intersection or crosswalk (marked or unmarked) if the pedestrian is on the same side of the roadway that the vehicle is travelling or close enough to the middle that the pedestrian would be in danger. View ICBC’s video tip. Not stopping for pedestrians in these situations, even in unmarked intersections, is illegal and a violation of Section 179 of B.C.’s Motor Vehicle Act. The Vancouver Police Department may issue a Provincial violation ticket, which carries a fine of $167. Watch this video to learn more.
Tips for Drivers
- Approach intersections with caution and make eye contact with other road users.
- Stop well in advance of the stop bar or crosswalk line. Do not enter an intersection if you may not be able to clear it before the light changes.
- Do not pass or overtake a vehicle stopped or stopping for a pedestrian. Some pedestrians may take longer to cross the street than others. Please be patient.
- Watch for and yield to pedestrians and cyclists when making a turn, and signal well in advance of turning.
- When making a right turn from or across the separated bike lanes on Dunsmuir and Hornby Streets, yield to cyclists as you cross the bike lane. See image on the right for reference.
- Obey all posted speed limits. Slow down and watch for children in school and playground zones. Studies have shown that a pedestrian struck by a vehicle travelling at 60 km/h is 70% more likely to die from his or her injuries than a pedestrian struck at 50 km/h.
Yield to cyclists as you cross the bike path.