|Protect And Prevent|
Long Boarding - Protect Yourself From Injury
It’s your body versus thousands of pounds of metal and plastic. West Vancouver Police urge all long boarders to carefully consider personal safety, understand the risks of their sport and to understand and abide by District of West Vancouver Bylaws.
Long boarding and Skate Boarding is prohibited on all public streets in West Vancouver under District Bylaw 4370 - Section 8.7.1.
Skateboarding is permitted in designated skate parks at Ambleside Park and at the Gleneagles Community Centre. West Vancouver Police and West Vancouver Bylaw Services encourage long boarders to seek opportunities to participate in their sport in organized events on closed and controlled roadways to more effectively manage risks associated to the sport.
There are presently no such closed or controlled areas in West Vancouver. Bylaw enforcement is undertaken to address community concerns regarding the risks of injury and property damage resulting from long boarding. Bylaw Offences can be reported to West Vancouver Police at 604-925-7300 or to District of West Vancouver Bylaw services at Offences under the bylaw are subject to a $45 dollar fine, however, West Vancouver Police believe the risks of personal injury or worse should outweigh any consideration of a bylaw ticket or enforcement consequence.
Safety equipment for Long Boarding is designed primarily to protect from impacts or abrasion from the road surface during falls and will offer very limited protection against injury resulting from collisions with much larger motor vehicles. Public streets are a space shared by many types of vehicles and long boarders are among the smallest and most vulnerable in that space.
Protect Youtself From Identity Theft
Protect Yourself On Transit
West Vancouver Police and the South Coast BC Transit Authority Police work in partnership to keep passengers and staff safe while on transit. You can help. Here are some tips to help you keep you and your belongings safe while on the go. Protect yourself, and if you 'See Something, Say Something'. Report all suspicious activity to police whether on transit or elsehwere.
Protect Yourself On The Roads
· Always cross at marked crosswalks or at an intersection.
You forfeit some of your rights as a pedestrian if you cross elsewhere.
· Obey any pedestrian signals and pause, look left-right-left
to make sure the road is clear in both directions before stepping on the roadway, even if you have the right of way. Keep your head up and look for vehicles that may not see you.
· If a vehicle approaches, make eye contact with the driver
to be sure she/he sees you before you cross and while crossing.
· Look before walking past stopped vehicles.
Do not cross just because a driver waves you on. Be sure all lanes are clear first. Check each lane as you go.
· Remember that bicyclists are not considered pedestrians
unless they are walking their bikes. Otherwise, they are considered vehicles.
· If you’re wearing an MP3 player (iPod),
only wear one ear phone so you can hear everything around you
· If you have to walk on a roadway,
walk against traffic, it’s the law. If there’s a sidewalk, you must use it.
• Yield to pedestrians.
• Remember that bicyclists are not considered pedestrians
unless walking the bike. Otherwise, they are considered vehicles
and forfeit their rights as pedestrians in the case of an accident or ticketing.
• Use marked bike paths or multi-use paths when available.
• Obey vehicular traffic signals and laws on the roadways.
• Use extra caution as you transition between bike paths, roads
Be aware that your actions are unpredictable to drivers and pedestrians.
• Only ride on the roadway in the direction of the traffic, Riding on a sidewalk is illegal.
· Wear a Helmet, IT’S THE LAW
• Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections.
• Be prepared to stop
at all marked crosswalks and intersections. Stay alert and reduce speed in areas with crosswalks and intersections.
• Be alert for bicyclists
whose approaches to the crosswalk may be much swifter than those of pedestrians.
• Come to a complete stop
if pedestrians are crossing or preparing to cross.
• Wait until pedestrians have crossed at least one lane past the lane you are in
before resuming travel.
• Never pass another vehicle that has stopped or is slowing down at a crosswalk.
• Use a Hands Free Device for cell phones, IT’S THE LAW
• Wear your Seatbelt
Only 6-8 % of the driving public fails to wear their seat belt, yet this small group is involved in 40% of all fatal collisions.
Protect Yourself From Sexual Assault
There are things you can do to reduce your risk of sexual assault
Protect Your Property
Prevent Theft From Auto
Prevent Illegal Drug Labs In Your Neighbourhood
The following indicators, sometimes noted in combination, are possible indicators of an illegal or clandestine drug lab. Please contact West Vancouver Police promptly if you have reason to suspect such an operation is in your neighbourhood
Prevent Marijuana Grow Operations in Your Neighbourhood
The following are some characteristics associated to marijuana growing operations. This list is a guideline only as investigations vary widely and the individual presence of single factors listed here does not necessarily indicate criminal activity.