Intersections

Information related to intersections.

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.

Q&A - Left Turn from Wrong Lane

Q&A ImageSomething that I am seeing more frequently when leaving the Superstore here in Courtenay, and I wonder if you  are seeing it down your way. The link below shows the grey car in a left turning lane and when that driver receives the advanced left-turning signal, then turns onto Ryan Road heading toward the Island Hwy bypass. The lane to his right as you can see goes straight onto Sandwick Rd.

Q&A - 4 Way Stop & a Yield

Q&A ImageI drove to a 4 way stop intersection that had only single lanes in all four directions BUT also had a yield sign on my right hand. I stopped and then proceeded to turn right. My passenger said I had no need to come to a full stop and could proceed to turn right so long as I yielded to oncoming traffic or traffic from the left.

Making a Proper Stop. How Hard Can It Be?

Stop SignIt doesn't take much to amuse a retired traffic cop. I was parked waiting for my wife and had about 15 minutes to watch traffic at a T intersection marked with a stop line, crosswalk and stop sign. Traffic on the city side street was steady as it was dusk and near the end of another business day. During the time I watched, not one driver came to a proper stop.

Q&A - More Signs and Safety Evaluations

Walk SignalI don't know where to start and thought this would be a good first step.

I live close to the intersection of Raynor and Craigflower rd. which has a marked crosswalk that is frequently used by young families, the elementary school, and a preschool to access Banfeild park. Today what happened was to close of a call from me to just let this incident slide.

The Proper Position for Turning

Two Lane Left Turn Sign"Tell them that they need to be in the proper lane before they turn" says one reader. Equally important is the need to end up in the proper lane after the turn. Attention to detail here provides for a smooth flow of traffic and less chance of being involved in a collision.

BC Bad Cyclist of the Week

This video takes place at the intersection of Jingle Pot Road and the Nanaimo Parkway in Nanaimo, B.C. The rider of this electric bicycle is behaving like a pedestrian by operating on the left side of the highway and using crosswalks. This is not an issue if the rider dismounts and pushes the cycle. If she intended to ride legally, she needs to be on the right hand side of the highway following the same rules as other motorized traffic.

Do Roundabouts and Traffic Circles Make You Dizzy?

Traffic CircleLove them or hate them, roundabouts and traffic circles are a fact of life for BC drivers. They slow traffic at intersections without stopping it, providing good throughput and increased safety. They are also environmentally friendly as idle time at intersections can be reduced or eliminated depending on traffic volume. All that is left for us to do, if my e-mail is any indication, is to learn to use them properly.

Left Turns Into the Correct Lane

Left Turn SignalA Courtenay resident is upset with drivers that turn left from the Island Highway onto Ryan Road and fail to enter the first available lane. He identifies this as a problem for drivers traveling in the opposite direction on the highway wanting to turn right onto Ryan Road. Who would be liable he wonders if the right turn vehicle failed to yield as directed by the sign and collided with a vehicle that had made the left turn into the curb lane instead of the lane next to the center line.

Q&A - Making Wide Right Turn in Motorhome

Q&A ImageThey are allowed by law to swing wide if necessary in order to make turns at intersections. If you don't heed the signal and pull along side you could be squeezed between the truck and the curb.

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