Cycling

Information related to bicycles.

Cyclists are NOT Second Class Road Users

CyclistI read a story in the Victoria Times Colonist this morning regarding crashes involving motor vehicles and cyclists using the Galloping Goose trail. The article was prompted by a cyclist who had ridden across Kelvin Road and was struck by a driver who had stopped for the stop sign and then failed to yield to the cyclist. There is a crosswalk painted across the Kelvin where the trail crosses.

WEB SITE - Cycling in Cities

UBC LogoThis web site, part of the University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health, describes itself as "a research program investigating factors that encourage or discourage bicycling, transportation infrastructure associated with increased or decreased risks of cycling injuries, and air pollution and cycling."

CASE LAW - Davies v Elston

BC Courts Coat of ArmsJim Davies was unhappy with how close Kevin Elston parked his pickup truck to a cycle lane. The rearview mirror on the truck was a hazard to passing cyclists. Mr. Davies commented to his son who was riding along with him. Mr. Elston overheard the conversation, got into his truck and caught up to the Davies.

RESOURCE - Cycling in Australia and New Zealand

CyclistAustralia has set an interesting national goal, that of doubling the number of people cycling by 2016. Austroads is the association of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies. The agency shares expert technical input for policy development to improve transport outcomes. Two recent technical documents, Cycling Infrastructure: Selected Case Studies and Low Cost Interventions to Encourage Cycling: Selected Case Studies may be of interest to cycling advocates in British Columbia. While free to download, the site does require free registration to obtain access.

CASE LAW - Motor Vehicle or Motorized Bicycle?

Gasoline Motor Powered BicycleThis one is a bit different as the case law comes out of Ontario, although the same principles would apply equally well here in BC. Ricky Pizzacalla was riding a motorized bicycle while prohibited. He was charged criminally and convicted. The case went all the way to the Ontario Court of Appeal where leave to hear the appeal was denied.

BC Bad Cyclist of the Week

This video takes place at the intersection of Jingle Pot Road and the Nanaimo Parkway in Nanaimo, B.C. The rider of this electric bicycle is behaving like a pedestrian by operating on the left side of the highway and using crosswalks. This is not an issue if the rider dismounts and pushes the cycle. If she intended to ride legally, she needs to be on the right hand side of the highway following the same rules as other motorized traffic.

Smart Cyclists Ride on the Right Side of the Road

CyclistAs humans, we are predominantly right handed. In North America we drive on the right side, tend to walk on the right side and I suspect that this right side bias carries over into many other areas that we are not even aware of.

Motor Assisted Cycle or Motorcycle?

Motor Assisted CycleWhether your mechanical skills are limited to taking the pedals off of your motor assisted cycle or extensive enough to attach a gasoline engine to a bicycle, both could land you in trouble with the rules. Making either of these modifications will turn your transport into a motor vehicle that requires insurance and licence plates.

VIDEO - Now You See Me

video iconIf you don't check your mirrors, you don't know what you are missing! The UK Automobile Association's Think Bikes Campaign includes this "cheeky" 39 second video to remind drivers that failing to look is one of the major contributing factors for all types of collisions. With the start of better cycling weather in BC, this is something to keep in mind here too.

READING - IIHS Status Report, December 30, 2013

IIHS LogoThis issue of the Status Report looks at two broad topics: drinking or drug use and driving, walking and cycling as well as how softer vehicle fronts might reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries.

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