I think I have discovered a break through that will allow people to ride legally on the LEFT hand shoulder between Langley/Surrey going westbound towards the Port Mann bridge ostensibly when traffic is at a standstill. It is all based on testing the traffic act and using basic rules of the road as outlined in the traffic act.
A few weeks ago there was a thread about lane splitting that had an interesting tangent thread going on about riding on the shoulder down Hwy #1 Westbound from Surrey going towards the Port Mann bridge. The traffic act was cited and it appeared that you could ride on the left hand shoulder but not the right.
I thought at the time that there was no way this is possible due to the fact that there are solid white lines on each side of the two lanes of traffic. Well this past weekend I discovered only one of those lines is white!!
Here is the deal... Going into Vancouver on Hwy#1 there are two lanes of traffic with a divided white line going down the centre. Obvious. In the right hand lane on the right side there is a SOLID white line meaning if you cross it you are committing a traffic offense unless it is an emergency. In the left hand lane [the passing lane] on the left hand side, get this, the line is YELLOW. Yes YELLOW and not white. A yellow line from what I understand means you can cross that line and pass if it is safe to do so. A motorcycle could do it a car certainly could not as the space is insufficient for a car on that shoulder.
Those who know the traffic act, chapter and verse, may wish to chime in.
I guess the real test would be to actually do it and get a ticket and then test it in court. But I can't help think that the yellow line on the left hand side of the road was painted there for the purpose of bikes using it. It is really odd to paint a solid yellow line on the edge of road surface. I even wonder if there is some lost history to that yellow line along the left hand side of the road and over time the intent has been forgotten.
If anyone is riding out Hwy #1 in the near future going eastbound check the lines along the shoulder to see what colour they are and let us know.