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Yearly Archives: 2019

Steve Wallace: A predictable path to better road safety

September 13, 2019

    Common sense seems all too uncommon in our traffic system. There are situations that should be easily understood, but appear to be a mystery to people using various means of transportation. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable of all… Read More…

Steve Wallace: Learn good habits of the best drivers

September 11, 2019

        Some of the best drivers on our roads demonstrate many consistent behaviours. Assessments of both individual and corporate clients yield many of the same safe driving habits. Here are some of them. Lane choice, on the… Read More…

Steve Wallace: New tech brings new licensing questions

September 6, 2019

    It’s that time of year again. Students are returning to regularly scheduled classes, much to the delight of many parents. The collective sigh of parental relief can be sensed in most every neighbourhood. Traffic signs in the shape… Read More…

Steve Wallace: The science behind designing our roads

August 23, 2019

      Traffic engineers do very good work. They are expert at moving all types of traffic from one place to another, if unencumbered by outside forces. A left turn onto a one-way street, at a solid red traffic… Read More…

Steve Wallace: Once more into the readers’ mailbag

August 16, 2019

    Qualifying to rent a vehicle in Britain has been a hassle for many people from Canada. The problem stems from the manual-shift designation request from British authorities. Readers of this column have been waiting for an answer to… Read More…

Steve Wallace: ‘Scramble’ crosswalk a safer alternative

August 9, 2019

          The best traffic planning separates the various modes of transportation for reasons of safety and efficiency. The recent changes for all commuters at Wharf and Government streets in Victoria is a good example of an… Read More…

Readers weigh in on ‘the war on the car’

August 6, 2019

      Last week’s column, “Victoria’s war on the car,” yielded a significant response from readers. Fritz reminded me of the Ontario practice of traffic light altering. On his trip into work in Toronto in the early evening, he… Read More…

The folly of Victoria’s war on the car

July 26, 2019

    Once upon a time in a land close by, there was a war on the car. This seemingly co-ordinated plot involved a stalemate of the traffic-light system on a provincial highway: From the government seat of power all… Read More…

Steve Wallace: Infant on car roof and other weird tales

July 19, 2019

  The things one sees while driving in our province are difficult to believe. Here are some real-world examples which could be filed under the heading: “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up.” The guy standing on top of a party… Read More…

Steve Wallace: Readers weigh in on alternative vehicles

July 12, 2019

  More answers to questions from readers: Wayne has some very telling suggestions concerning alternate forms of transportation mentioned in last week’s column. He believes all power-assist vehicles, whether bikes, scooters, chairs, Segways, skateboards and any other newly introduced powered… Read More…

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