OOPS! - Elephant's Feet and Crosswalks
It's always embarrassing when you make a mistake, particularly when you are posting in the B.C. R.C.M.P. Traffic Section Twitter account and don't get your advice quite right. That advice was you cannot ride your bicycle in a crosswalk. The trouble is, in certain circumstances you can. Until recently you needed to know if the municipal bylaw permitted it or not. Today crosswalks that cyclists are allowed to ride across may also be marked with "elephant's feet," a line of squares on the outside of each solid line that forms the crosswalk.
As the law sits right now, the Motor Vehicle Act is sadly out of date when it comes to recent cycling provisions being used in some municipalities. A review is underway but it may be some time before the Act is rewritten to bring it up to date. Until then, it will be difficult for us all to know what to do when a new highway feature presents itself during our travels. My best advice is that if you are not sure, exercise even more caution than you would otherwise.