Want to bet that the Dump truck driver in Surrey didn't even notice the cyclist? Just lucky she was only seriously injured. The road was only 60 km/h road with inadequate shoulders.
Originally Posted by aberdeen5698
Aren't "Don't bike at night" and "wear a reflective vest and helmet" somewhat contradictory?
18" on a highway rated at 100km/h is unacceptable. You seem to think that every driver has a nice, unobstructed clear view of the road ahead, but that's not always true. Most of accidents them occur either because of driver inattention (in which case the unobstructed view is irrelevant) or because a following driver can't see the cyclist because of something like semi-truck ahead of them.
Drivers cross over the shoulder line all the time - that's why they're grooved. 18" means zero safety margin. That's definitely not OK in my book.
It's the 18" shoulder that I'd be much more concerned about than the speed limit, but of course it's a lot more expensive to correct.
I agree the government needs to address shoulders around BC. It needs to look to Quebec for inspiration. It's not like it is a money waster. Not only are there safety benefits but there are economic benefits. Just look at Route Verte. "
"Quebec’s Route Verte Attracts Signiﬁcant
Route Verte is Quebec’s provincial cycling network. It extends
more than 4,000 kilometres and includes sections of the Trans
Canada Trail. Vélo Quebec announced the project around the time
the province adopted the 1995 Bicycle Policy, which provided
for the development of cycling routes on approximately 40
per cent of the roads under the responsibility of the ministry
of transportation. Work on this network involved a number
of regional municipalities and organizations. It is featured
prominently in the marketing of Quebec as a cycling destination.
– Quebec ministry of transportation, Bicycle Policy (May 2008)15
“The economic beneﬁ ts associated with the Route Verte are
• In 2000, Route Verte cyclists spent $95.4 million. This
corresponds to approximately 2,000 jobs (per person, per year)
and revenues of $15.1 million for the government of Quebec
and $11.9 million for the Government of Canada.
• People who live near the Route Verte spend over $24.5 million
on route-related activities.”
And my point earlier is the inconsistency of the highway shoulders. Some places 6' wide some 18" all on the same stretch of highway. The modern highway paving seems to be installing the wider shoulders but there are many old sections still that will likely be the same for 20 years. Maybe when they are finally fully repaved and widened then the speed limit can increase. Otherwise it should stay the same. And vehicles should slow down until they can pass a cyclist safely otherwise they will hit them. They should move over to pass on sections where cyclists are sharing lanes obviously. That is why I propose that the same 70km/hr emergency vehicle rule also apply to passing cyclists in areas with inadequate shoulders.