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As the days grow darker, road users need to remember the importance of being seen.

VicPD is reminding all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to stay visible on the roads to prevent possible accidents and injuries. 

The reminder comes after officers responded to a collision between a cyclist and a vehicle downtown Victoria on Sunday. 

Just after 11 p.m. on November 7th, officers arrived on site of the collision at the intersection of Bay and Blanshard streets. When they arrived, the cyclist was being attended to by bystanders and the occupants of the vehicle involved with the collision. 

According to witness reports, the cyclist had not stopped for the red light and struck the side of the incoming vehicle. The cyclist was also not wearing a helmet and had no lights on his bicycle to assist with visibility. 

Paramedics transported the cyclist to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He received tickets for failing to display lights on his bicycle, failing to wear a helmet and failing to stop at the red light. 

According to a release from VicPD, officers see an increase in collisions during the transition between Daylight Savings and Standard Time. 

As a result, they are offering tips on how drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can all take extra care to ensure they are visible and stay safe. 

For drivers, it is recommended that you double check to ensure your headlights and tail lights are in good working order and fully illuminated. Scan your surroundings for cyclists, pedestrians and other vehicles and make eye contact with them often. 

As a cyclist, it is important to use both front and back lights and wear your helmet at all times. 

Pedestrians are encouraged to wear light coloured clothing, a reflector and to consider carrying a light on them at night. 

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