As I was driving home from work Burrard was just creeping along. It became evident at the laneway just east (?) of Burrard by the Shell Station what had transpired.
As many of you know the city's efforts to manage traffic has made the right lane an HOV lane, the two "car" lanes are separated by a bicycle lane.
As I approached the accident scene there is a white car that had started to turned left (obviously to get lane access) this happens all the time here and had more than likely had two lanes of stopped traffic, drivers leave an opening here for the alleyway and had continues across the lanes and it appears was either crossing the HOV or the bike lane when he was hit by a motorcycle.
There was extremely heavy right side damage to the car, police tape was surrounding the accident scene and the bike was upside down (the rear wheel and engine assembly) the front half of the bike was in pieces - broken off at the triple tree, No sign of a rider or car passengers but it was not a good visual.
The rider had close hospital and EHS proximity and we can expect that lots of first responders and medical staff would have been at the scene.
It did not look good from the wreckage.
What can we learn from this accident?
1. HOV lanes can be deathtraps for riders especially in rush hour. We are invisible and no car drivers think of motorcycles in the HOV lane.
2. Left turners kill us every day
3. The driver of the car will say that they did not see the motorcycle and that will likely be a true statement. If a panel van or a couple of SUV's were stopped to let the white car go left he would have never seen a bike shooting down beside a wall of traffic.
4. Special note to the 3 or 4 lane splitters on Sportbikes I see split on Burrard every day... if you are reading this remember your riding habits on Burrard will put you in this same situation as this rider sooner or later.
5. I hope the rider is able to make a full recovery