Miscellaneous

Information regarding topics that don't fit in established categories.

NEWS - Electric Kick Scooter Trials

New BC LogoThe Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has announced pilot projects in six BC municipalities to allow the use of electric kick scooters on streets. Designed to assess the safety of e-mobility as safe modes of personal transportation these projects must be enabled by municipal bylaws.

Sharing With Horses

Horse Warning SignOur Motor Vehicle Act defines traffic as pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, cycles and other conveyances, either singly or together, while using a highway to travel. That's right, a horse being ridden on the highway is considered to be traffic. Animal drawn vehicles are a legitimate part of the mix too.

RESOURCE - People's Law School: Cars & Getting Around

People's Law School LogoThe People's Law School is a non-profit BC society whose goal is to make the law accessible to everyone. The section of their website dedicated to Cars & Getting Around has a section on Your Rights & Driving.

FUN - Build Your Own Speed Camera System

Red Light Camera SignI enjoy tinkering with electronics in my spare time and was pleasantly surprised to come across instructions on how to build my own speed camera system using a Raspberry Pi and Python based software that was freely available to download and use. You can probably create the whole system for less than $100!

VIDEO - How Ramp Metering Works

VideoIf you have tried to enter the freeway in the lower mainland, you may have encountered a traffic signal on the on ramp. Why would there be a red light at a freeway entry? During times of congestion, controlling how vehicles enter the freeway can actually keep the traffic on the freeway flowing. A small wait on the on ramp is traded for what could turn out to be a significantly long wait in gridlock.

Dogs Don't Drive!

Dogs Dont DriveYour dog may be licensed, but it isn't a licence to drive a vehicle reminds a reader. This person was concerned about the number of human drivers that drive with their pets riding in a position that might interfere with their control over the vehicle. They are correct, it's not a good idea, even with small animals.

RESOURCE - Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan

CAMVAP LogoHaving trouble resolving problems with your new vehicle? The Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (CAMVAP) is a free service to resolve disputes with a manufacturer about defects in your vehicle’s assembly or materials, or how the manufacturer is applying or administering its new vehicle warranty.

Defective Vehicles - A Crash Looking for a Place to Happen?

tow awayWhat do you do with a pickup that has only one operating light, a high beam headlight, being driven at night between towns? How about another being driven in the rain with wipers being operated by the passenger who was pushing and pulling on a rope with one end tied to each wiper and run through the passenger compartment via the vent windows? One driver even put black tape over the warning light that would have led him to discover no brake fluid in one reservoir of his master cylinder if he had investigated it.

Gravity is Not Load Security

No Load SecurityThree incidents this week prompt me to remind everyone about load security. Two boats have taken unexpected cruises along the pavement and a falling ladder caused a minor injury collision when the driver following along behind attempted to avoid the sudden obstacle in front of her. All of these incidents were cases of improper load security.

READING - Designing Streets for Kids

NACTO LogoDesigning Streets for Kids is a supplement to NACTO-GDCI’s Global Street Design Guide, which set a new global baseline for designing urban streets. This guide builds upon the approach of putting people first, with a particular focus on the specific needs of children and their caregivers as pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users in urban streets around the world.

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