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Do Bike Lanes Confuse Drivers?

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Bike Lane SignI hate to admit it, but bicycle lanes confuse me. The Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) defines them as a designated use lane that is part of the highway, but not part of the roadway. Both the province and municipalities are able to create designated use lanes and restrict who may use them through legislation. You might be surprised about what this might mean for both cyclists and drivers.

BC Bad Driver of the Week - Slow Down, Move Over, Fail!

This video shows at least three drivers in the right hand lane who fail to slow down and move over for a service truck showing flashing yellow lights working on a breakdown at the roadside. There was at least 20 seconds of lead time to recognize the situation and react to it before passing the stopped vehicles. Space did exist in the left hand lane to move over into as traffic was light at the time.

Do I Want My Vehicle To Think For Me?

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Don't Make Me ThinkI remember what I was a teenager (yes, that was a few years ago) working in my father's service station. The latest safety gadget in new vehicles was a buzzer that warned the driver when seatbelts were not fastened. That's a good idea, right? Apparently not as customers were coming in to see if they could have the buzzer removed or disabled.

RESOURCE - Professor Trainboat's Feltham Village Project

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Professor TrainboatOur world is built to accomodate the automobile. It often seems that other road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians, are either a second thought or not thought of at all in the quest to keep motor vehicles rolling. It may be that this focus also affects the outlook of drivers when they do or don't choose to accomodate others using our highways. Many ask that this be remedied but few take an active role in the solution.

VIDEO - Importance of Proper Child Restraint Installation

video iconThe YouTube description of this video says that "Simulated crash tests show the importance of proper child restraint installation. Most parents don't realize they need to use the top tethers for forward-facing child restraints. Attaching the top tether keeps the restraint from pitching too far forward in a crash putting children at risk of head or neck injuries. Tethers are key to getting the most protection from a child restraint."

EVENT - Road Safety at Work, Prince George, May 28, 2015

Road Safety At WorkThis hands-on workshop is designed to help participants develop or improve a road safety program for their organization that follows best-practices.Participants will learn a process to identify hazards and assess risks, how to develop strategies, and use the tools and resources on the website to address the unique road safety issues and needs facing their organization.

E Ticketing and Ticket Dispute Adjudication

Question MarkThere was a brief flurry in the media a couple of weeks ago about the implementation of electronic traffic tickets and dispute adjudication replacing traffic court. I had not heard anything about this from the provincial government after the publication of the amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act to allow the changes in 2012. Being curious, I traded e-mails with the Public Affairs office of the Ministry of Justice to see if I could learn more.

BC Bad Driver of the Week EP1186

Here is another aggressive driver who has to be first rather than wait his turn. This incident takes place where highway 19A merges onto highway 19 northbound at the north end of Nanaimo. This pickup driver swoops over the solid line separating the acceleration lane from the highway and immediately moves to the left most northbound lane travelling in excess of the speed limit.

Off Road Vehicle Registration Required After June 1, 2015

Off Road Vehicle Licence PlateIf you intend to operate your off road vehicle (ORV) anywhere on public lands after June 1, 2015 you have just three weeks left to register it through ICBC. When the vehicle is registered an off road vehicle licence plate will be issued and must be displayed. The  changes replaced outdated legislation governing British Columbia’s growing off-road sector, and helps ensure these vehicles are driven in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. (See update at end of article)

WEBINAR - 2015 Changes to CVSA Out of Service Criteria

CVSA LogoThis webinar reviews the 2015 changes to the CVSA North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria and Level I Inspection Procedure, as well as recently approved CVSA Inspection Bulletins.

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