Fun with Traffic Sensors & Left Turning Lanes

Many left turn lanes in Vancouver are quite long and are equipped with 2 sets of traffic sensors.


This means if there’s only 1 car waiting in the left turn lane when the light is red, then the car will not get the advanced left turning arrow; if there are “several” cars in the lane, then the traffic light will “know” and the vehicles will get the left turning arrow (designed for efficiency). In some cases (if you get on the sensor early enough) you can simply stop on the 2nd sensor and then magically receive your left turning arrow. This is definitely not something I make a point of teaching people, but hey it might be good to know, especially for the pizza delivery person.


The first sensor:




The other sensor:




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1 thought on “Fun with Traffic Sensors & Left Turning Lanes”

  1. I ride a motorcycle. I don’t lane split however I have begun following other motorcycles who’ll bypass grid lock by taking the yellow lined shoulder or the solid whit lined shoulder. The belief is that since we aren’t lane splitting we aren’t in danger of scoring a serious criminal code citation. At most we’d be ticketed for driving on the shoulder. On HWY 1 before the Cassiar i take the left shoulder while other bikers may take the right. What’s your assessment on this?

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