In the past 10 years, three pedestrians have been killed in Whistler while walking along the highway at night, the latest being Australian worker Eleanor Reinecke last January.
To improve the safety of pedestrians the Resort Municipality of Whistler and partners have launched a new Walk Safe campaign to educate the public. Starting this Welcome Week, more than 5,000 reflectors will be handed out in the community as well as educational materials.
The message is for people to realize that the subdivisions are dark, as are sections of the Valley Trail and the entire highway except for intersections. To be safe Walk Safe suggests how people can make themselves visible while walking at night, using reflectors, headlamps and reflective clothing. The program also recommends staying on lit trails, using crosswalks and to walk facing traffic to be more visible.
The Walk Safe campaign is the result of a partnership between the municipal, the RCMP, Whistler Fire Rescue Services and the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation. The website is www.whistler.ca/walksafe.