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Yearly Archives: 2021

Bike racks, texting pedestrians fuel angst

June 18, 2021

Car enter the traffic circle at the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and Bryn Maur Road in Langford. Drivers are supposed to alternate their entry, but they often revert to bigger is better, or speed trumps safety, writes Steve Wallace. Google… Read More…

Distracted walking a dangerous habit

June 11, 2021

A pedestrian crosses Douglas Street while talking on her cellphone. When drivers and cyclists encounter a distracted pedestrian, a tap of the horn is acceptable, but it should be done in a non-threatening manner, writes Steve Wallace. TIMES COLONIST  … Read More…

Bells on bikes could solve Galloping Goose trail problem

June 4, 2021

Cyclists ride the Galloping Goose Trail near Uptown Shopping Centre. Columnist Steve Wallace’s inbox has been dominated lately by complaints about cyclists by pedestrians. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST   The more bike riders, the fewer motor-vehicle drivers on our roads…. Read More…

Two plates vs. one, plus more from readers

May 28, 2021

Front plates on vehicles, still a requirement in B.C., can help with identification by police in certain enforcement circumstances. But the cost of two plates instead of one might be a motivator for B.C. to drop the tradition. There are… Read More…

Always turn on headlights for a safer ride

May 21, 2021

Daytime running lights, mandated as of 1990 for vehicles manufactured and sold in Canada, have contributed to the reduction in the crash rate, Steve Wallace writes. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST   There are all sorts of techniques used by drivers… Read More…

Little things make big difference in safety

May 14, 2021

Vehicles are parked along the Oak Bay avenue, a flat road that requires no safety precautions for parking. When parking on a steep hill, however, drivers must turn the wheels the appropriate way before exiting the vehicle, write Steve Wallace…. Read More…

Backing into parking spots, burned-out lights, right-hand drive

May 7, 2021

Drive-through parking spots eliminate the need to back out, which is safer for pedestrians, according to Steve Wallace. Times Colonist   David pulled into a mall parking space and proceeded to advance through to avoid backing when leaving, only to… Read More…

Short tap of horn polite way to engage with pedestrians

April 30, 2021

A pedestrian uses the new crosswalk at Blanshard Street and Kings Road. If you need to engage with a pedestrian while driving and can’t get eye contact, a gentle tap of the horn would not be considered impolite, Steve Wallace… Read More…

Safety tech linked to riskier driving habits, research finds

April 23, 2021

A Pittsburgh parking lot is full of Uber self-driving Volvos. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found some risky behaviours in a study of about 2,000 drivers behind the wheel of self-driving vehicles. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS   Here is some… Read More…

Take a deep breath — it’s construction season

April 16, 2021

A flagger directs traffic at a closed intersection in Chemainus. Getting eye-to-eye contact with a flag person before proceeding gives comfort to both parties, writes Steve Wallace. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST   One of the ways successful governments at all… Read More…

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