First 3 hours of bike lanes prove motorists are not aware, or do interpret signs and signals correctly

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As you enter the City on Pandora, most intersections from Cook Street westward have several more traffic lights and signs.



If the first 3 hours are any indication, Victoria drivers may need to brush up on some basics on traffic signals and signs.  This morning from 6:00am to 9:00am, when most drivers (perhaps as high as 65%) were faced with the new signals, they either ignored them, or never saw them.



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Now, while the sign above might have been rare around here before today, there are now more than a dozen of them, on every street that crosses Pandora, from Cook Street, and west all the way to the Johnson Street Bridge.




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The above signage is also at every Pandora intersection in the core.  Drivers are not supposed to cross the stop line until the light is green.




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The car driver above clearly was not interested in the new signage and lights.




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Perhaps the first “cycle rage” incident of the day.  The driver above got an earful from the bike rider that was taking advantage of the new “two-way” track.  The car driver entered the bike lane against a red light right outside City Hall.




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Additional “personal signage” appeared at 7:30am this morning.  This City worker holds up a “no right turn on red” sign for traffic at each light cycle.  Those staffers left the intersections at 9:00am.




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At Pandora and Blanshard, many cars did not obey the “no right run on red” signs and traffic signals.




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Many cars simply failed to stop on the red light.






8 thoughts on “First 3 hours of bike lanes prove motorists are not aware, or do interpret signs and signals correctly

  1. The no right turn sign at the traffic light, (in my humble opinion), as with so many other street signs, is too SMALL and should be placed with the “Stop Line” sign as well as made larger for the traffic light sign …. I’m an avid cyclist but when I drive I sometimes feel a little bombarded with trying to watch traffic, pedestrians, cyclists, and trying to read all the street signs which always seem too small! In Britain the signs are all at the stop line, much bigger, and easier to read … where I live on Vancouver Island we have one street where there is no left turn … there is a no left turn except for buses and on certain times on the weekend hanging from the traffic light at an extremely busy intersection, I can’t count the number of times drivers get into the left turn lane only to finally see the tiny sign hanging from the traffic light and then try to get back into the right lane when they realize their mistake. I myself made the same mistake when I first moved here. Many, many drivers local and out of town drivers make this mistake because the sign is so hard to read!


  2. This will be a disaster if cyclists aren’t careful. Years of habit and rules cannot change overnight without extended education … just look at round abouts. A simple system that many drivers still don’t understand. And what about visitors from the US, you’ll have to educate them too.

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  3. Two way bike lane?


    You couldn’t walk past someone in that lane going opposite directions without smacking shoulders.

    Drivers and cyclists are going to fail at this for a while. At least ICBC with have a increased number claims to initiate and never pay out.

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  4. The “No Turns” sign at Johnson on southbound Douglas has been there for as long as I have been driving in Victoria (30 years) and I watch people either make the left turn onto Johnson or attempt it until the honking makes them move one at last a 1/2 dozen times a day.

    “No Right Turn on Red Lights” signs are going to ignored too. I predict a fatality within the year…


  5. Any right turn in the downtown core is already a disaster. Traffic congestion in the core is largely due to vehicles being unable to make their right turn on a green due to pedestrians in the intersection, waiting for the light to turn red is the only option in most cases, now that has been taken away. Victoria is doomed.

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  6. Total garbage. Typical Biketoria, make lanes for cyclists who there are hardly any of (I drove from Royal Oak to downtown and counted 2 cyclists; guess how many cars I counted, just a wild guess!!!!) and tax payers pay millions for all this and staggeringly increased congestion on our roads! It is totally out of control! What was once a city that was easy to get around with limited traffic jams (30 years ago) has cut almost every double laned road to one simply for cyclists who pay no insurance and no licensing fees! The aggregation of drivers is now going through the roof and traffic calming does nothing to calm anyone except the total absolute morons who design this garbage and think it will work because their idiotic computer simulations say it does. Well come back to reality it does nothing other than create traffic congestion, environmental damage from more idling cars, and a system of roads that people can’t get around efficiently. Way to go Biketoria and Lisa (I need mental help) Helps!


  7. Biketoria: where motorists pay all the licensing and insurance costs of cyclists and cyclists get all the road all the time. Thanks for costing me and every other motorist more and giving us less. You do realize congestion created by bike lanes has actually created far more pollution than any of you simpletons save by cycling? Now you want to make Shelbourne one lane!!! Are you crazy!!!! Did anyone realize that cycling on the sidewalks is one: far safer as you won’t get hit by a multi thousand pound moving piece of metal (that would be a car or truck), an accident with a pedestrian is going to be far less injurious than an accident with a motor vehicle, and leaving roads for cars means there can be more lanes thus more traffic flow and thus traffic calming by way of cars moving through the city in an efficient and timely manner. Less traffic signals means more moving and less stationary vehicles. Guess what, that is good for the environment. We live in a car culture. That is North America. If you don’t like it I suggest you leave and move somewhere like Europe!


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