Where do you live?
Bike riders are notorious for going thru red lights and stop signs here. I was crossing the street last night at the walk signal and a biker ran the red almost got killed then almost ran me over in the process.
This city has more important things to focus on. But nope... Gregor wants his bike lanes.
In Vancouver bike riders take their lead from Gregor. He ran a red light and nearly was nailed by a bus.
When the mayor and the bus driver pulled up alongside each other at Georgia Street, MacDonald told him, “Thanks for giving me a heart attack. You of all people should look left before you make a right turn on a right,” she says. “He said, ‘I’m really sorry about that.’”
The last she saw of the man she now calls “red-light Robertston” was his two-wheeled figure — clad in dress pants and a white dress shirt with a colourful tie flapping over his left shoulder — turning left onto Nelson Street, heading in the direction of City Hall.
She gives the mayor a full 10 on a one-to-10 scale of dumb things cyclists do, but she’s hoping that he’s been “scared straight,” as he appeared shaken by the near miss. “He looked like he was going to come out of his skin,” she says.
And the Robertson did that time honoured avoidance move... the Dipper two step and said he did not REALLY run a red light after all. Province columnist Ethan Baron seemed a tad skeptical of Robertson's version of events:
Robertson on Monday appeared reluctant to admit wrongdoing. He acknowledged that the bike-specific stoplight on Dunsmuir at Richards was red, but said, “I wasn’t going against a red light. There was a red light to go straight on Dunsmuir. I turned right in the crosswalk.”
It was when he left the crosswalk and tried to get across the curbside bus lane and into the bike lane on Richards that the conflict with the bus occurred, Robertson says.
This “I-was-turning-into-the-crosswalk-not-the-roadway” excuse sounded a little weak to me, so I took a walk over to the intersection. When the light is red for bikes on Dunsmuir, traffic on Richards is coming from the left. It is quite clear that when the light is red, bikes must stop at the white stop line painted in the bike lane, whether they’re going straight or turning right, just as at any red light.
Cyclists make their own rules for the road at UBC
And why bother using a bike lane when you can zip along between cars and weave from side to side??
Edited by Wetcoaster, 18 February 2013 - 03:12 PM.