I am writing about the intersection at Hwy 99 and Lake Placid Road, specifically the approach southbound and the issue of turning right at the lights to enter the Creekside neighbourhood or visit the Husky gas station.
Today, I was waiting my turn to go right at the light, legally in the right lane with turn signals going. The light turned green, the three vehicles ahead of me moved through the intersection and as I began my right turn I was almost struck broadside by a vehicle that illegally used the extra wide bike lane (that lacks any kind of legible markings) to pass me on the right. This is the third time this has happened since your crews re-painted the road lines but neglected to bother to replace the faded, worn away bike lane markers that would have helped a confused driver stick to their legal lane.
In the past I have drawn attention to this problem to various councillors on Facebook posts but obviously I didn't make myself, or the issue, clear.
This is a dangerous problem. In the five minutes I stood at the intersection, seven vehicles used the bike lane illegally and I was able the photograph three doing so.
The bike lane is too wide and there’s a lack of any signage or clear indicators to motorists that they should not use it. It is an open, beckoning invitation to those who are careless, in a hurry or just don't care to drive on it illegally and put other drivers at risk. For my safety and those of my passengers, I really should do the same.
And, should the inevitable happen and I get T-boned at this location, I would really have no choice but to explore pursuing damages from the RMOW as your liability in such an incident could hardly not be in question.
Please fix this before a serious incident occurs. Replace the tiny, worn out bike symbols, cross hatch the huge, extra wide lane, place some eye-level, vertical signs along the highway and clarify a confusing, dangerous problem.