Car accidents involving cyclists will often involve legal issues requiring the help of a personal injury lawyer. The users of roadways in British Columbia are becoming more diverse. Cars are sharing with bikes that are sharing with pedestrians that are sharing with strollers and wheelchairs. This does not even include the rollerbladers and skateboarders sharing our streets. I’ve posted on bike lane signs and markings in Vancouver and would like to focus on another unknown road marking, “Bicycle & Vertical Lines”.
Most of you are familiar with this following bike route sign:
Personal injury lawyers in BC can often rely on this bike route marking to establish that the injured cyclist was entitled to be riding on that portion of the roadway. However, how many of you know what this sign means?
Well, the above bicycle & vertical lines, according the the City of Vancouver, “indicates that the traffic signal is activated by sensors and shows cyclists where to line up wheels to trigger the signal change.” This of course implies that the cyclist will stop, dismount, and wait his or her turn to go when the light changes. Currently, it is quite common for cyclists to “jaywalk” at any intersection so long as they can see no immediate hazards. Most motorists accepted this because bikes are so much slower than cars and cars or more dangerous to other people than bikes.
Unfortunately there are cyclists that do not believe that the rules of the road apply to them. For example, most motorists in BC would not run a red light simply because there was no opposing traffic, however many have witnessed cyclists in Vancouver doing just that. In order for the bike lanes in downtown to function this type of conduct has to change.
With the benefit to cyclists of having sensor activated signals there is a corresponding obligation to follow these new rules of the road. Posted by Mr. Renn A. Holness