Cycling

Information related to bicycles.

Q&A - Reserved Lane Use

Bicycle Lane SignI have been driving home on Rupert Street in Vancouver lately and there are some lane markings I am not clear about. Between 12th ave and about Kingsway there is a narrow right hand lane that has a bicycle and a white diamond, there is no other signage.

My question is: Are motorcycles allowed to use this lane (because they regularly do)?

Passing and Turning for Bike Lanes

Bike Lane MarkingWould you write an article on bike lanes? Please explain whether a bike in a bike lane can pass on the right of a car and the proper way for cars to turn right through a bike lane.

Q&A - Yielding to Cyclists Overtaking on the Right

painted cycle laneYour recent bicycle column stirred me to ask a question.

Passing a Cyclist Safely

CyclistCyclists are entitled to their share of the highway, just as motor vehicle drivers are. When they are overtaken by a motor vehicle, it is the driver's responsibility to pass the cyclist safely. It is not the cyclists responsibility to get out of the way of the driver if the cyclist is legally occupying the lane.

CYCLING - Urban Bikeway Design Guide

NACTO LogoThe NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide is based on the experience of the best cycling cities in the world. This sentence begins the introduction on the NACTO web site section for the guide. A valuable resource for professional planners, engineers and advocates alike, it will help design complete streets that are safe and enjoyable for cyclists.

Q&A - Riding Motorcycles and Bicycles Side by Side

Q&A ImageRecently there have been a couple articles regarding bicycles and motorcycles riding side by side. To the best of my knowledge this is not illegal for the motorbike but when the bicycle does it and encroaches into the traffic lane. Because the bike is unable to maintain, in most cases the same speed as a motor vehicle this makes it a huge hazard but I don’t know or remember if this is illegal.

CASE LAW - MacEachern v Rennie

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case decides liability after a collision between a cyclist and a large commercial truck. Christina MacEachern was riding or walking beside a bicycle along the King George Highway in Surrey, B.C. She was opposing traffic on the shoulder of the roadway which was narrow due to vehicles parked next to it. John Rennie was driving a truck tractor pulling a shipping container on a container trailer. As Rennie passed MacEachern she came into contact with the trailer and suffered a severe head injury that left her incapable of caring for herself.

Q&A - Prohibited Drivers and Ebikes

Q&A ImageI have recently read a number of articles regarding suspended drivers using ebikes as a sources of transportation. Some people have questioned if this was legal or not as they assumed these ebikes were governed under the Motor Vehicles Branch regulations. Could you please provide some clarity for this concern.

Q&A - Should Cyclists be Able to Yield at Stop Signs?

Stop SignI listened to an interview last Thursday on CBC Radio's On the Coast with Stephen Quinn interviewing cyclists James Carruthers and Richard Campbell. It sounds to me like sour grapes after Carruthers was ticketed for running a red light in Vancouver.

Cyclists Passing on the Right

CyclistSomething must have struck a nerve lately as I have received a number of requests to deal with cyclists passing other traffic on the right hand side. One near miss on a right turn even had the cyclist shaking their fist and cursing the driver. No doubt cyclists have their issues with the behaviour of motor vehicle drivers but passing on the right is something cyclists do when in most cases they should not.

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