Lanes

Highway lane use information.

VIDEO - How to Drive at an Intersection With a Bike Box

video iconThis video is provided by the City of Guelph, Ontario and shows drivers how to drive at an intersection where a bike box is present.

Do Bike Lanes Confuse Drivers?

Bike Lane SignI hate to admit it, but bicycle lanes confuse me. The Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) defines them as a designated use lane that is part of the highway, but not part of the roadway. Both the province and municipalities are able to create designated use lanes and restrict who may use them through legislation. You might be surprised about what this might mean for both cyclists and drivers.

Q&A - HOV Lane Sign Rules

Q&A ImagePlease let me know what the rules are when there are different HOV signs. For example, in Coquitlam, HOV signs clearly state the lane is for vehicles with one or more persons per vehicle during the hours of 6 am and 7 pm Mon-Fri. HOV signs in Langley, however, do not state the hours, nor do they state the days of the week HOV is in effect. Does this mean there are different HOV laws depending on jurisdiction?

Q&A - Merging Speed and Bike Lanes on Road Tests

Q&A ImageI have road test soon and there are some rules that are confusing me:

1. How do I know speed to merge highway if there is no speed limit sign.

e.g. merging from Londsdale:

Keep Right Except to Pass Law Changes Coming?

Keep Right SignThe Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure has announced changes to the Motor Vehicle Act to make it easier for police to prosecute slow drivers using the fast lane on B.C.'s highways. The promised changes will occur later this spring according to Todd Stone, but there does not appear to be any indication of this in current first reading bills. Perhaps the first question that needs to be asked is whether or not this is really a significant cause of collisions and deserving of increased enforcement.

Q&A - Trapped! What Should I Do?

Q&A ImageSeveral weeks ago I followed two cars, already in a left turning lane, thinking turning left was only prohibited Monday through Friday up to 6:00 PM. While in the lane could see that it was Monday to Saturday, and I was in this lane on a Saturday prior to 6:00 PM.

What choices did I have!!

CASE LAW - Davies v Elston

BC Courts Coat of ArmsJim Davies was unhappy with how close Kevin Elston parked his pickup truck to a cycle lane. The rearview mirror on the truck was a hazard to passing cyclists. Mr. Davies commented to his son who was riding along with him. Mr. Elston overheard the conversation, got into his truck and caught up to the Davies.

Crossing Highway Lines to Park

Left Turn Over Double Solid LineAn Osoyoos resident has asked about parking in the downtown area. There is angle parking on both sides of the main street, and the street is marked with a double solid yellow line down the center. He is concerned about vehicles crossing the oncoming lane to park on the left side of the street.

Q&A - Definition of Obstructed Lane Needed.

Q&A ImageI received a traffic violation today under Section 158(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act.

158  (1) The driver of a vehicle must not cause or permit the vehicle to overtake and pass on the right of another vehicle, except

(a) when the vehicle overtaken is making a left turn or its driver has signalled his or her intention to make a left turn,

The Keep Right Attitude

SoapboxThe left lane is so popular lately that when I use the right lane I often find myself behind far fewer vehicles at the next red traffic light. In fact, at one particular intersection on my commute many times I can be first in line. Everyone else seems stuck in the left lane trying to get ahead, fuming, following too closely, making sudden lane changes and often all for the desire to exceed the speed limit and to be faster than everyone else.

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