Q&A - What to do About a Dangerous Road Situation
Well, I've seen this coming for months:
There is an off-ramp on Hwy1, exit#28 onto Boundary Rd heading south, just before Grandview Hwy; and immediately after there is a tiny little street called E 11th Ave. I take the off-ramp about 5 times a week and almost every time some genius takes a right turn from Boundary's middle lane into the 11th. Most of the time I am able to foresee this and come off at about 30km/h waiting for the next bright mind to turn across my nose with-out a shoulder-check.
Well, today, despite me being rather prepared by the previous close calls, a driver took the right hand turn across my bow into that tiny little street so close that no amount of braking would have prevented the collision. He literally just turned into me. It's rather minor - just a dented left fender, scratched bumper and a broken headlight. Not much damage to their plastic marvel - hit was on the right side of the bumper, thanks to my quick reaction and emergency braking. Had I not been paying attention, or if I was going the speed-limit - the damage would have certainly been more spectacular. And I was very lucky to have no Hwy traffic close on my bumper - would've been rear-ended otherwise.
Obviously getting into an accident and dealing with the aftermath makes me ever so jolly, but my point is this:
The entrance onto that street from Boundary Rd should be blocked. Either by blocking the entire street or by installing pylon barriers between the centre lane and the right lane that is coming off the highway (Patullo bridge style). The ICBC adjuster who took my claim seemed rather uninterested in regards to my thoughts of that situation and said that I should be bugging the city of Vancouver for that.
That street used to be allowed to left turn onto Boundary - across three lanes of traffic - but that was blocked once the #28 exit reopened a few years back - good move. But where do I begin trying to close the entire street? Best of all - the smarty pants that failed his shoulder check turning onto 11th - proceeded to turn left on Skeena and took a right onto the Grandview; he could have just turned from Boundary onto Grandview - but instead chose to "cut corner" presumably so he doesn't have to wait at the light.
There is a Walmart there and the VFS - lots of people turn into that street right across the off-ramp traffic - most don't even seem to realize that there is a Hwy exit merging onto Boundary and persistently make that turn from the middle lane.
If you look at the street view - you'll see a beige Jaguar, hilariously, doing exactly what I'm describing - "play" a few frames (by pressing up/down) - you'll see that its making a right turn onto the 11th from the middle lane of Boundary Rd.
What can be done? Who do I call or write to?