Future of Cornwall Avenue and Point Grey Road to be Discussed

kitsilano-bike-laneAn open house will be held soon in the city of Vancouver with regards to the future of Cornwall Avenue and Point Grey Rd.  These streets have been chosen by the city as targets for the triple-A (or all ages and abilities) cycling route for 2013.

Three possible modifications to the routes have been proposed in a UBC report.  One suggestions includes allowing for a separated bike lane which would require removing some parking.

Another issue involves diverting some traffic at Alma and Macdonald, in hopes of reducing the traffic in the area.  This would effectively limit the traffic to local traffic only.  Local residents have been in favour of the idea as outlined in a previous proposal.

It can be very upsetting to receive a traffic ticket, especially if it has never happened to you before. Some people do not take getting a traffic citation or ticket seriously when for their own good they really should. Getting a traffic ticket is not always a simple or small matter.

Going ahead and paying the ticket does not bring an end to it. be they small, medium or large. This is where a traffic attorney can be of help to you. if you want to get more about the Traffic Violation Defense attorney, see post here.

But it does not end there. If two or three summons find their way onto your record then the points can add up to the point where you may lose your license. There are instances where even one traffic violation can cause your license to be taken from your possession.

In the same way, insurance companies are permitted by law to raise the rates of those individuals who are convicted of traffic violations. In fact your premiums could be raised as much as 50 percent due to traffic issues. One traffic ticket alone could cost you in the area of hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars in extra insurance costs.

For all of these reasons you need to find a traffic attorney who is experienced and qualified. Traffic court is very much like any other type of proceeding that takes place in a court. For many people the thought of going to court alone is frightening and intimidating.

According to my friend, John Bales, when you go to court and are represented by a traffic attorney you will increase the chance that you will walk out of the court room victorious. A lawyer who is familiar with all of the rules of the court will ensure that your case is presented in a way that is intelligent, logical and persuasive.

It is strongly recommended that you do not go it alone in traffic court but that you hire a credible legal lawyer like Bob Bratt to represent your interests. An attorney like him is skilled and experienced in this area whereas the average person is likely to know very little about what will take place inside the court room.

If the court feels that you have broken the law then the traffic ticket you are issued can cost you a considerable amount of money beyond just paying the ticket. There are court expenses to pay for as well as fines to think about. As previously mentioned, your auto insurance rates could go up and your driving privileges could be suspended for a brief period of time or for a lengthier span of time. While it is perfectly within your rights to represent yourself in a court of law, you are strongly advised to hire a traffic attorney.

Some of the important points brought up in the presentations, proposals and documents created so far include the large numbers of vehicles that traverse these roads each day; the fact that the average speed of many vehicles that use the road is about 50kph even though the posted speed limit is 30kph; and the high volume of transit on these roads which at its most frequent is a bus every 3 minutes during the rush hour period.

Other factors include the large volume of bike traffic.  In fact, the area boasts the highest bike to work population in the city.

There is also the gap in the cycling route which disturbs cyclists.  The gap is located between Jericho and the Burrard St. Bridge.

Pedestrians do not find the area friendly for them and have described walking in the area as ‘uncomfortable’.  There is also a seawall gap between Jericho and Kits Beach. For a good example of tips for drivers and pedestrians on staying safe in Lansing, check out https://theclarklawoffice.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-lansing-pedestrian-laws/.

Kitsilano real estate owners and other interested parties may want to attend the open houses on these issues which will be held on Tuesday 29 January 2013 from 4-6pm at the Maritime Museum (1905 Ogden Ave); on Thursday 31 January 2013 from 7-9pm at the Queen Mary Elementary School (Gym, 2000 Trimble St); and on Saturday 2 February 2013 from 10am-12pm at the Kitsilano Community Centre (Snowy’s Lounge, 2690 Larch St).

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