Q&A - Is Kelowna Re-Writing Road Law?
Here is a link to the story called "Behind the Bike Box."
My first reaction to this story is one of disgust, Is the City of Kelowna following BC road law in instituting this bike lane feature? Is the City of Kelowna trying to single-handedly redefine the Higways act? Does it not fly in the face of existing BC road law?
My personal comments would be along the lines of bike riders have a tendency to not follow the letter of road law as it already exists now. Now they are being given special treatment and priviledge that will only infuriate car drivers and raise road use frustrations because bikes are being given special priviledges and car drivers are loosing them (i.e. no right turn on red or having bike pass them along the curb on the right, then move in front of the vehicle and delay vehicles leaving the intersection on a green.) You can bet that some bike activists are going to take this to an extreme deliberately causing difficulties and road rage incisdents. According to this story a bike turning left at this special intersection could effectively bring all traffic in the same direction to an absolute standstill, possibly for at least a whole light cycle or possibly several if they were being stupid or unsure.