Armband program returns to Sidney

Successful safety initiative gets a second round in Sidney

Kenny Podmore is bringing reflective armbands for local pedestrians back to Sidney.

The local municipal councillor succeeded in getting $1,000 from Sidney council’s discretionary fund on Nov. 12 to put towards the purchase of reflective armbands. They will be distributed to residents who use them while walking outside in the low light of early morning or evening. Podmore started the Glow As You Go initiative last fall with the help of the local RCMP and the Insurance Corporation of B.C. The armbands went quickly in Sidney and in the wake of that success, other communities adopted a similar program.

“This program through ICBC has taken off,” Podmore said. “They are now handing out armbands to the RCMP so they can hand them out at high-risk intersections and streets.”

The point of the effort, he continued, it to ensure pedestrian safety.

“The Town should do more,” he said, “to reiterate the safety message.”

His fellow councillors approved of the program and allocated $1,000 to obtain and distribute more reflective armbands.

Last year, the armbands were given out at the Sidney North Saanich RCMP detachment and at town hall.

 

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