Cycling

Information related to bicycles.

CASE LAW - Long v Thanas

BC Courts Coat of ArmsKristian Thanas was riding his bicycle southbound in a marked cycling lane on Burrard Street in Vancouver. He noticed a car driven by Joseph Long traveling alongside him with it's right turn signal on as they approached the intersection of Pacific Avenue. Mr. Thanas thought that Mr. Long had neglected to cancel his signal as a right turn at the intersection was not permitted.

Advisory Bike Lanes

Question MarkA DriveSmartBC web site visitor asks "Currently the City of Victoria is bringing in new Advisory bike lanes. I can find nothing in the drivers license training or bc motor vehicle act that gives a legal driving approach to these type of lanes or trains new and old drivers to manage these lanes? Please advise where this is covered in driver training."

CASE LAW - R v Ghadban

BC Courts Coat of ArmsAli Ghadban was convicted in traffic court for not having a valid driver's licence and for driving without insurance for operating a Motorino XMr on the road in Surrey, B.C. He appealed his conviction on the ground that the Motorino was a motor assisted cycle (MAC) and he was excluded from the requirements to be licensed and insured while operating it.

CASE LAW - Charton-Miner v Hedgecock

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis incident involves a collision between a cyclist, Valerie Charlton-Miner and a driver, Reginald Hedgecock at the intersection of Hollywood Road South and Highway 33 in Kelowna. Ms. Charlton-Miner was riding northbound in Hollywood Road cycle lane approaching Highway 33. From left to right at the intersection approach is a left turn lane, a through lane, a right turn lane and the cycle lane.

Is It Safe to Open Your Door?

Open Car DoorImagine the surprise of the motorist at a collision I once investigated. He parked at the side of the road, opened his door, and a passing car tried to tear it off! It's a good thing he didn't step out while he opened the door.

What went wrong here? The motorist didn't look first, or didn't see what was overtaking him. He probably felt safe in the fact that he had stopped close to the curb and was out of harm's way.

NEWS - B.C.'s Active Transportation Strategy

New BC LogoThe Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure has announced proposed changes to the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) that would allow alternative types of transport such as Segways, e-scooters and electric unicycles to be used legally.

CASE LAW - Behragam v. Paviglianiti

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case involves a cyclist, Javad Behragam, and a pickup truck driver, Peter Paviglianiti. The two collided in the traffic circle on West 10th Avenue and Birch Street in Vancouver.

Q&A - Riding Bicycles Abreast

CyclistI recently ran into a situation where an officer pulled me over for riding two abreast while I was stopped at a red light in a left turn lane waiting to turn onto a bike lane. Myself and the two other individuals on bicycles were riding single file. As we approached the intersection we indicated a left turn and moved into the left turn lane when it was clear/safe to do so.

RESEARCH - More Than Paint Needed to Keep Cyclists Safe

painted cycle laneResearch by Dr. Ben Beck at Australia's Monash University collected data on 60 cyclists in Melbourne who rode their bicycles with a custom device (the 'MetreBox') installed to quantify the distance that motor vehicle drivers provide when passing them. More than 18,000 vehicle passing events from 422 trips were recorded.

RESEARCH - Bicycle Helmet Use

Bicycle HelmetBicycle Helmets: Systematic Reviews on Legislation, Effects of Legislation on Cycling Exposure, and Risk Compensation.

This study out of the University of New South Wales in Australia suggests that:

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