Cycling

Information related to bicycles.

Q&A - Problem With Cyclist at Intersection

CyclistI wanted to turn left from one angled road onto another angled road.

Two vehicles were stopped at the stop sign.

The first vehicle was turning right and as he did, I prepared to turn left...suddenly I have a cyclist turning left from the same spot as the car; the cyclist was not obvious tucked beside the car. I could have hit the cyclist.

OPINION - The Blame Game

SoapboxMisbehaving and incompetent drivers get off too easy in the media. How many times have you seen news headlines like these?

CASE LAW - Heuring v Smith

BC Courts Coat of ArmsDouglas Heuring was riding his bicycle eastbound on 13 street approaching Grand Boulevard East in North Vancouver, B.C. He stopped for the stop sign about 10 feet back from the marked stop line at the intersection. He saw a truck being driven northbound by Erik Smith slowing down as it approached the 4 way stop.

POSITION PAPER - Modernizing the BC Motor Vehicle Act

CyclistExecutive Summary

The Road Safety Law Reform Group is a British Columbian consortium of representatives from the legal community, cycling organizations and research institutions. We support the B C government’s “Vision Zero” plan to make BC’s roads the safest in North America and eliminate road related injuries and deaths by 2020.

RESOURCE - A Right to the Road: Understanding & Addressing Bicyclist Safety

Bike Route SignThis document from the Governor's Highway Safety Association is the result of analysis of fatal bicycle / motor vehicle crash data in the United States from 1975 to 2015. Causes for the collisions were examined and 30 recommendations are made that address planning, resource allocation, education and training, public outreach, policy and technology to make gains in bicycle safety.

CASE LAW - Salo v ICBC

BC Courts Coat of ArmsMatthew Salo was riding his hybrid bicycle and approaching a stop sign at an intersection with North End Road on Saltspring Island. His intention was to slow down and turn right without stopping if traffic permitted. There was a beige SUV stopped at the stop sign intending to turn in the same direction. Circumstances of what actually occurred next are unclear and Mr. Salo has no recollection of the incident himself due to injuries suffered. None the less, he claims negligence on the part of the driver and makes a civil claim against ICBC for damages.

Q&A - Do Cyclists Follow the Pedestrian Walk Signals?

I was stopped when riding across Georgia Street on my bike, heading north on Nicola Street, in Vancouver, by a traffic cop who said I had to wait for the pedestrian walk signal.

This intersection has traffic lights on Georgia and stop signs on Nicola.

Q&A - Would I Be At Fault? Wrong Way Cyclist

Q&A ImageI was in a situation that could have been very ugly. I was waiting to turn right at an uncontrolled intersection. I was waiting for traffic to clear from the lane that I was about to turn into.

READING - Keeping Kids Safe on Wheels

From the executive summary:

Safe Kids Worldwide undertook an in-depth analysis of current patterns of injury and parents’ beliefs and behaviors related to keeping children safe during four wheeled sports: bicycling, scootering, skating and skateboarding.

READING - Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

CyclistThe US Transportation Research Board has published the Summary of the 10th University Transportation Centers Spotlight Conference focusing on Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety held on December 1, 2016. This may be of interest to those of us in Canada as our regulatory agencies tend to follow the US lead.

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