Motorcycles

Information related to motorcycles.

Q&A - Reserved Lane Use

Bicycle Lane SignI have been driving home on Rupert Street in Vancouver lately and there are some lane markings I am not clear about. Between 12th ave and about Kingsway there is a narrow right hand lane that has a bicycle and a white diamond, there is no other signage.

My question is: Are motorcycles allowed to use this lane (because they regularly do)?

VIDEO - Rock the Gear

Video iconRock the Gear Inc. is a national, not-for-profit organization that focuses on motorcycle safety apparel education and provides a community of support for those who want to learn more and/or become involved. Brittany Morrow is the President and founder, this is her story:

Q&A - Pushing Me To Go Faster

motorcycleI was on a motorcycle trip a few years ago with a friend , and was riding about 10 km/h faster on a two lane highway and cars were still pushing me to go faster. There was a solid line so no passing as well there were also curves to consider. The shoulder was loose gravel and for me to pull over each time the cars formed a pack behind me I would slow down and pull off to let them go.

MOTORCYCLES - Getting Licenced

Vancouver Island Motorcycle SchoolFor as long as I've known people that were nearly old enough to acquire a license I've been hearing the same things over and over again. It doesn't seem to matter how young or old someone is, almost all of them will offer up the fact that they are "really good drivers".

Q&A - Enforcement of Excessive Noise From Vehicles

Q&A ImageI'm flabbergasted that motorcycles with loud exhausts seem to be the "sacred cows" of our highways and byways.  I recently spent about 18 hours working at a jobsite immediately adjacent to Harvey Avenue near Pandosy Street, during two sunny days of spring weather.  The number of loud motorcycles (and "jacked-up" diesel 4 x 4's trucks) that constantly hammered their throttles, was

Q&A - Riding Motorcycles and Bicycles Side by Side

Q&A ImageRecently there have been a couple articles regarding bicycles and motorcycles riding side by side. To the best of my knowledge this is not illegal for the motorbike but when the bicycle does it and encroaches into the traffic lane. Because the bike is unable to maintain, in most cases the same speed as a motor vehicle this makes it a huge hazard but I don’t know or remember if this is illegal.

MOTORCYCLES - Using the Road in Harmony

Vancouver Island Motorcycle SchoolThere seems to be something wrong with car and truck drivers, something that resides deep down in their souls and forces them to make things more dangerous for motorcycles. Everyone that rides a motorcycle knows it, but I don't think that too many four wheel warriors are even remotely aware of their deep seated flaws.

VIDEO - Motorcycle Safety and SMIDSY

VideoSMIDSY, or Sorry Mate, I Didn't See You is a constant worry for motorcycle riders. This accident is easily avoidable, in order to understand why they occur, riders need to be trained to spot tell-tale signs and know how to deal with these situations. This video teaches riders to do both.

MOTORCYCLES - Using the Rear Brake

Vancouver Island Motorcycle SchoolThere is a lot of disagreement about the proper use of the rear brake. People that don't understand braking at all, particularly if they have experience in cars, often gravitate toward the rear brake and avoid the front brake.

CASE LAW - Langley v Heppner

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case decides the liability for a collision where a motorcycle overtaking two vehicles is struck when the second vehicle pulled out to pass the first. All three had been following together at a speed under the limit. At the first available opportunity the motorcycle passed, not seeing a signal from the vehicle in front.

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