Arthur Orsini, VCH’s Active Transportation Lead, measures out reflective tape for a staffer.

Iron-on some visibility at VGH

Chances are that at least one of your commutes these days happens in the darker hours of the morning or evening. Although cyclists are commonly decked out in bright or reflective rain jackets, those of us walking, using transit or driving are more likely to be wearing dark winter coats.

For the second year, VCH is holding a series of Iron-On Visibility events at the three largest acute centres.

Bring your winter coat and a mug (for a free cup of coffee) and get an iron-on reflective strip placed on the back of your coat’s collar. Simply flip up your collar to increase your visibility in the dark. This is just one of many creative and stylish ways to make your winter wear just a little bit more present at night.

When and where:

Richmond Hospital: Monday, December 4 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the main lobby near Starbucks.

Lions Gate Hospital: Tuesday, December 5 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the main lobby near the gift shop.

Vancouver General Hospital: Wednesday, December 6 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the main lobby the gift shop.

If you’ve got your own clever, stylish and visible solutions to #BeSeenInDarkCoats then check out the social media trends.

The number of crashes involving pedestrians spikes in fall and winter as the weather changes and daylight hours decrease. When pedestrians get hurt, nobody wins. Whether you’re driving on the road or walking on the sidewalk, safety is up to all of us. Almost one-in-five people killed in car crashes across B.C. are pedestrians.

from ICBC’s pedestrian safety page.



  1. Arthur Orsini says:

    I’m getting emails asking about where to acquire more of the iron-on visibility material. Although it seems to be in short supply, I will look into it and be ready with the results… thanks for reading and please share via Social Media so that more people can #BeSeenInDarkCoats

  2. Sanj Chetty says:

    Thanks for doing this! I work in community so we’re always out on the road visiting clients and by the time we get back to the unit it is usually dark out especially during the winter months. Would be great if this service could do a site visit to the community health units 🙂

  3. Arthur Orsini says:

    We hope that people will take the idea and (safely) “run with it” – feel free to spread the word and share other creative and stylish ways to #BeSeen

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