Cycling

Information related to bicycles.

CASE LAW - R v Ghadban

BC Courts Coat of ArmsAli Ghadban was convicted in traffic court for not having a valid driver's licence and for driving without insurance for operating a Motorino XMr on the road in Surrey, B.C. He appealed his conviction on the ground that the Motorino was a motor assisted cycle (MAC) and he was excluded from the requirements to be licensed and insured while operating it.

CASE LAW - Charton-Miner v Hedgecock

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis incident involves a collision between a cyclist, Valerie Charlton-Miner and a driver, Reginald Hedgecock at the intersection of Hollywood Road South and Highway 33 in Kelowna. Ms. Charlton-Miner was riding northbound in Hollywood Road cycle lane approaching Highway 33. From left to right at the intersection approach is a left turn lane, a through lane, a right turn lane and the cycle lane.

Is It Safe to Open Your Door?

Open Car DoorImagine the surprise of the motorist at a collision I once investigated. He parked at the side of the road, opened his door, and a passing car tried to tear it off! It's a good thing he didn't step out while he opened the door.

What went wrong here? The motorist didn't look first, or didn't see what was overtaking him. He probably felt safe in the fact that he had stopped close to the curb and was out of harm's way.

NEWS - B.C.'s Active Transportation Strategy

New BC LogoThe Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure has announced proposed changes to the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) that would allow alternative types of transport such as Segways, e-scooters and electric unicycles to be used legally.

CASE LAW - Behragam v. Paviglianiti

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case involves a cyclist, Javad Behragam, and a pickup truck driver, Peter Paviglianiti. The two collided in the traffic circle on West 10th Avenue and Birch Street in Vancouver.

Q&A - Riding Bicycles Abreast

CyclistI recently ran into a situation where an officer pulled me over for riding two abreast while I was stopped at a red light in a left turn lane waiting to turn onto a bike lane. Myself and the two other individuals on bicycles were riding single file. As we approached the intersection we indicated a left turn and moved into the left turn lane when it was clear/safe to do so.

RESEARCH - More Than Paint Needed to Keep Cyclists Safe

painted cycle laneResearch by Dr. Ben Beck at Australia's Monash University collected data on 60 cyclists in Melbourne who rode their bicycles with a custom device (the 'MetreBox') installed to quantify the distance that motor vehicle drivers provide when passing them. More than 18,000 vehicle passing events from 422 trips were recorded.

RESEARCH - Bicycle Helmet Use

Bicycle HelmetBicycle Helmets: Systematic Reviews on Legislation, Effects of Legislation on Cycling Exposure, and Risk Compensation.

This study out of the University of New South Wales in Australia suggests that:

RESEARCH - Bike Friendly Cities are Safer

CyclistA report from the Mountain - Plains Consortium answers the question of why bike friendly cities are safer for all road users. From the document abstract:

Despite bicycling being considered on the order of ten times more dangerous than driving, the evidence continues to build that high-bicycling-mode-share cities are not only safer for bicyclists but for all road users. This paper looks to understand what makes these cities safer.

Taking Cyclists Seriously

CyclistI found this Tweet from a cyclist on southern Vancouver Island yesterday: A #RCMP told me today it was too dangerous to ride a bike on the roads and I should find another hobby. In their view going to the grocery store on a #bike is a hobby. #Police and the public need to wake up #bikes are a serious mode of transport.

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