Q&A - Pedestrians at Risk from Turning Drivers
As a pedestrian in Vancouver I am feeling increasingly at risk. Cars making left turns are a particular hazard. To get to work I need to cross Cambie St. at 57th, where there is a pedestrian controlled crosswalk. I think that there needs to be more awareness around this kind of intersection.
Cars turning left onto Cambie from 57th have a short time to turn. They often turn onto Cambie while pedestrians are still in the middle of the street. With multiple lanes, this is understandable, that they want to maneuver behind pedestrians as soon as they can.
My problem is that now I am so used to this that I don't notice when cars actually haven't seen me and are coming straight at me.
This has happened to me now on two occasions. I know now that I have to be as aware as possible in this kind of situation. But, the drivers also have a huge responsibility.
I guess my question would be, what is the law about making a turn when the pedestrian is still on the street?