Lanes

Highway lane use information.

BC's Bad Driver of the Week

Perhaps a public shaming could be effective in convincing some drivers that they need to share the roadway a bit better with the rest of us. Now that I have my own dash cam I am in a position to highlight how some people put themselves ahead of others when it comes to convenience over road safety. This particular driver overtook on the painted traffic island on Mostar Road in Nanaimo, B.C.

Q&A - Swinging Wide to Pass

Q&A ImageI was walking with a friend on a relatively busy road. (West Crescent)

Left Turns Into the Correct Lane

Left Turn SignalA Courtenay resident is upset with drivers that turn left from the Island Highway onto Ryan Road and fail to enter the first available lane. He identifies this as a problem for drivers traveling in the opposite direction on the highway wanting to turn right onto Ryan Road.

Q&A - Motorcycle HOV Lane Use

motorcycleI'm kind of in a dilemma here. I understand how HOV lanes work and that motorcycles are exempt for the 2 person or more rule. My issue is with the ones in towns rather than the highways. Some of the lanes are marked only with a bicycle (which i get are for them only), but most are marked with a bicycle AND a diamond.

Cutting the Corner

Cutting the CornerI live beside a road where I can watch an "S" curve out of my window and visibility is limited due to vegetation on both sides. I don't have to watch for long before a see a driver who "straightens out the S" by driving more or less in a straight line through the corners.

Q&A - Dead Body in Hearse Qualify for HOV Lane Use?

Q&A ImageCan a funeral home employee use the HOV lane after picking of a deceased person when transferring to funeral home from place of death?  Would the deceased person qualify as a second person for the HOV lane with the driver?

How to Politely Allow a Traffic Violation

Share the Road SignI'm almost always pleased to see another driver exercise courtesy on our highways because it cancels out some of the selfishness that I see every day. I say almost because I saw a misguided act of kindness today that left me shaking my head. One driver made room so that the other driver could make an illegal lane change from a side road through surrounding standing traffic.

CASE LAW - Dupre v Patterson

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe collision referenced by this case occurred on Cornwall Avenue just east of Walnut Street in Vancouver, B.C. Marianne Dupre was riding her bicycle westbound on Cornwall and was being overtaken by a car driven by Teresa Patterson.

VIEWPOINT - Benefits of lane filtering

motorcycleMy Definition of Lane filtering:  When a motorcycle moves through traffic in between stationary vehicles.

Being a Driver in England I am very familiar with filtering through stopped traffic, as as Car driver I would allow space for motorcycles to pass. As a Motorcycle Driver I would drive very slowly between the vehicles (under 10kph) 

Right Turns Over Cycle Lanes

Cycle Lane MarkingIt seems appropriate to write an article on cycling as we are in the middle of May 27 to 31, 2013 which is Bike to Work Week. A topic in the DriveSmartBC Forum this week highlights a dangerous situation that is well worth discussing, vehicles making right turns across cycle lanes. Drivers may not understand the duties required of them by the lines painted on the roadway.

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