Victoria bike lane markings and signage inconsistent according to coroner's report

A Coroner's report into the death of a cyclist struck and killed by a delivery truck at Government and Fisgard 2 years ago makes no recommendations -- but does warn about "inconsistencies" throughout the City of Victoria regarding traffic signs and lane markings related to bike lane use.

Coroner Carolyn Maxwell ruled Eileen Glynda Evans' death on March 29th, 2016 was an accident.  Evans, 73, was cycling southbound on Governnment when she caught up to a 5 tonne truck stopped at a red light. When the light turned green the truck made a right turn onto Fisgard crossing into Evan's path, knocking her down, and running her over. She died at the scene.

A collision reconstructionist determined a possible blind spot where the cyclist could not be seen either in the side mirrors, or by shoulder check.

But the analyst also noted the 4-lane arterial route included a bike lane marked by solid whites lines, switching to a broken line 15 metres from the intersection -- indicating vehicles can move into or across the bike lane at that point. There is also signage to say the bike lane ends, and to alert drivers to be aware of cyclists.

As both Evans and the truck driver were familiar with the route the coroner's office did not consider it a factor in this accident.

But the analyst indictates inconsistent signage regarding bike lanes throughout Victoria could create confusion for road users. 

A copy of the coroner's report is being provided to the City's Engineering Department for review, and the City is being encouraged to obtain a copy of the accident analyst's report to inform future roadway design.



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