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November 3, 2017 at 10:21 pm #40646
Waterloo Region Police Services has updated their website to allow on-line reporting of traffic complaints:
In case they move the form you can reach it by going to the WRPS website:
Mouse over “Services & Reporting”, then select “Traffic Complaint” from the pop-down menu (far right of list.)
I filed 2 for today; (#1) driver reading a document while driving (8.5 x 11″ bunch of papers apporx. 10-20 sheets stapled in upper-left corner) held in right hand beside steering wheel while the driver had head tilted slightly down and to the right; (#2) the so frequent that it is frustrating… driver with right turn signal driving in and obstructing the bike lane in advance of an intersection without a right turn lane for vehicles.
The person driving (and stopping) in the bike lane is someone I have met who works for the same employer as me.
Sad that so many drivers haven’t got a clue that they are driving dangerously, or in a way that is more likely to cause an accident for other road users.
For anyone who doesn’t appreciate it, not only is driving in a bike lane illegal, a vehicle pulled into the bike lane reduces the rear-view mirror line of sight for all vehicles ahead that are in a proper position in the vehicle lane. The other drivers have less time to notice a cyclist and then more likely to make a bad decision due to the greatly reduced reaction time available.
A rider at 30km/h will take 120 seconds to travel 1km, or 12 seconds per 100m.
Unless there are conditions of poor visibility I would expect most drivers to be able to recognize an object like a cyclist a minimum of 50 meters in the passenger rear-view mirror giving a window of up to 6 seconds to look, observe and hopefully estimate with some accuracy whether or not it is safe to turn.
A vehicle in the bike lane obstructing the view of motorists ahead would be anywhere as close as the first car in line behind (about 5m, or 12s/20 = 0.6s) – giving a fraction of a second for a driver to react.
Common driving skills like holding a lane, signalling turns or lane changes in advance, maintaining a safe stopping distance to the vehicle ahead of you are important.
I blame the spate accidents on the 400 series highways on the deteriorating driver skills of all drivers. It isn’t just a few truckers who are causing the increased number of accidents. But it is the greater damage and higher number of fatalities done by a large vehicle being involved in an accident that grabs the media’s and people’s attention.
Rule-breaking is so commonplace that it is currently the norm and a truly ‘safe’ driver gets honked at for holding up traffic.
I will feel safer when driver-less cars start to (a) set a better example and (b) when there get to be so many video cameras on the roads that drivers who break the rules will be easily identifiable.
Bad drivers will be forced them to change their behavior or get dinged with increased insurance rates when big data companies find ways to crunch the video and GPS data.
The government is unlikely to be able to pass legislation to deny a driver’s license to dangerous drivers.
But insurance companies WILL find ways to prevent dangerous drivers from obtaining insurance to legally operate a motor vehicle, making their purchase of a driverless vehicle a necessity to have private motorized transportation.November 4, 2017 at 5:56 pm #40656
I like what you are saying Keith but I have a question. When the bike lane turns from a solid line to a dotted line and cars are moving into the bike lane to turn right, that is proper etiquette?November 4, 2017 at 6:32 pm #40659
The dashed lines are in fact meant for cars to ‘take the lane’ to prevent cyclists from riding up beside them and having the car turn into them. You’re still a vehicle when you’re on the road and rules still apply, it’s no skin off my back to wait the extra few seconds behind a car turning, or ride around it…
See the top right corner of page 2:
https://www1.toronto.ca/City%20Of%20Toronto/Transportation%20Services/Cycling/Article/Understanding_bike_lanes_FINALweb.pdfNovember 4, 2017 at 6:42 pm #40660
Thank you for the confirmation as this is how I understood it. As much to protect the cyclist and to protect the driver in stop and go traffic from turning into bicycle traffic travelling at a much greater speed.
Can never know to much.December 8, 2017 at 12:39 pm #40821
Dashed line point is valid, but I didn’t mention that the incident I reported wasn’t identical to the hypothetical situation I used to illustrate possible reaction times.
The driver that I reported was driving in the bike lane hundreds of feet ahead of where the dashed line approaching the intersection begins. No reason to be in the bike lane at that point at all – just careless / inconsiderate / ignorant of others.
If a vehicle isn’t up to the point of where the dashed line begins – then it shouldn’t be in the bike lane!
Municipal bylaws govern bike lane use. Most municipalities follow the Transportation Association of Canada’s guidelines for bicycle lane design.
“Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads: Chapter 5 – Bicycle Integrated Design” (only place I could find it is behind a pay wall.)
But how each municipality has used the guide to create rules is different from one place to another.
How municipalities interpret their bylaw rules change over time as well.December 8, 2017 at 1:24 pm #40822
A different incident, but sadly too frequent and the reason I almost always have the cameras rolling when I ride.
(Warning, some expletives used. )
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