A potentially bad head day seems to be preferable to a bad hair day for many cyclists. Helmetless cyclists appear to outnumber those that don head protection this spring.
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They should rename the curb lane the cab lane.
Even when there is room to pass on the left it seem the taxi driver’s choice is to zoom down the curb lane and try to cut in at the last second when they come up against a parked car.
What drives you crazy?
Spring is in the air and already the first sighting has been made of a helmet-less cyclist pedalling at high speed over a pedestrian crossing before cutting back dangerously into the curbside lane.
Port Coquitlam reader Glenn Elliott comments, “In New York, it is against the law to honk unless you are ‘warning of impending danger.'”
Let’s do the same here for improved safety, instead of honking at drivers for their mistakes!
Victoria has announced its intent to introduce legislation forcing drivers to keep right except to pass.
When the news broke, it seemed to be a top five news item on every radio and TV station and the subject of debate on every talk show. After more than a day of listening to constant references to it, I pulled onto the Sea To Sky Highway and got stuck for many kilometres behind a guy who would just not shift out of the way!
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One of the biggest traffic beefs expressed by readers is about left turners who won’t move out into the intersection.
Doing so, enables at least two cars and perhaps three to make the turn at the light change, which reduces frustration. The other day I saw a police car barely straddle the crosswalk, refusing to move out. What hope is there?
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Driving a very quiet electric Nissan LEAF offers an entirely fresh perspective on driving, particularly when it comes to interactions with pedestrians.
I’m used to seeing smart phone texters walking out onto the road without even looking up, relying on their hearing to warn them of oncoming vehicles.
Boy, do they freak when they suddenly encounter a silent LEAF at the corner!
Pulled up at the lights in the second lane of a busy three-lane road the other day to find myself boxed in by telephonic transgressors.
To my left, a middle-aged man was having an animated discussion on his hand-held cell, while to my right a young woman was not only chatting but peering closely at her eyeliner in the rearview mirror. Then behind me, I spied a fast-approaching Bimmer: thank goodness, he didn’t need his hands to brake because he too looked like he was tearing a strip off somebody on his phone!
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Hydroplaning happens when tires lose contact with the road surface and float on a film of water.
If you find yourself hydroplaning, ease off the accelerator and keep steering in the direction you want to go.
Sitting at a roadside java joint, I overheard a man arguing with a police officer about a ticket issued for illegally passing on the right.
He had passed a row of three cars on a wide single lane and bolted at the light, cutting in sharply at the other side of the intersection. It was such a pleasure to behold because it happens so infrequently – the booking for such an annoying practice, that is!