Summer is with us again. The town that we once knew is turned into a resort. No one obeys the the traffic laws. Pedestrians expect vehicles to stop on a dime and that is if they use a designated crossing. Cyclists ride on sidewalks and Centennial Way.
When on the road, signals of their intentions are not on their minds, plus, no helmets, the law in B.C. which also applies to Beach Avenue.
After weeks of pursuing municipal authorities last June, the ‘Single lane for bikes and vehicle’ sign was changed to a sign with converging lines and a vehicle following a bike. No change from earlier instructions.
The law states that when overtaking a cyclist one leaves a space of three feet. Fair enough. The existing signage instructs one to follow a cycle using single file. What does this council want ?
According to a police officer that stopped me for crossing the solid yellow line on Beach Avenue, vehicles do not cross the center solid line. I received a warning. Take note. The law is on their side. Therefore if cycles or these trikes hinder vehicle movement, you must not overtake and cross the center line. The law also states that slow traffic will not impede the flow.
And even more important now that the traffic pattern has changed on Hwy. 97 and 13th Street, traffic eventually gets on to Beach, which is a main town artery.
Unless council decides to close Beach for local traffic only and divert traffic to the south Beach entrance, this situation will once again drive locals to shop elsewhere.
Driving from Princeton to Beach, to park at the stores plus museum, one has to, by law, enter the alleyway and come back to angle park. Certainly no thought on the part of local officials. I am sure the attitude is, it will work out. With an insurance claim.