One day I was surprised to see new bike lanes painted in secrecy overnight on Glenayre Drive. First I couldn't believe it and then I started laughing at the stupidity of whatever authority had dreamed of trying to establish bike lanes against any common sense or legal requirements for such lanes.
First of all, there had never been any problem in sharing the road between motor vehicles and bicycles. Both are "vehicles" under the Motor Vehicle Act.
Secondly, the city bylaw restricts bicycles to use sidewalks, yet I can see bicycle lanes marked on the sidewalk in contravention to this bylaw. Thirdly, on the northbound way of the road where parking is allowed there are solid white lines painted. According to the Motor Vehicle Act, you are not allowed to cross solid white lines so how would you be able to pull over the solid lines and park by the curb?
Then, finally, when one crosses over the lines and parks a larger vehicle, at least its sideview mirrors are blocking part of the bicycle lane and should a bicyclist collide with this part of the parked vehicle, who would be liable?
So, the members of the city's transportation committee and any other city authorities, wake up and spend some more time studying city bylaws and the Motor Vehicle Act and, instead of listening to any unrealistic suggestions, use some common sense.
Juhani (John) Jokinen Port Moody