Comment 103027

By Narayan (anonymous) | Posted July 06, 2014 at 23:01:36

People turning left need to yield to people going straight and turning right, so it's not a big deal that there are multiple vehicles trying to turn into the same lanes.

However, what is a big deal is having double left turn lanes on a two-way street, where the left turning vehicles must yield to cross traffic and pedestrians. In fact, prior to moving to Hamilton, I thought it was against the road design standards in Ontario. In any case it certainly is not a safe arrangement. Left turns are already the most dangerous manoeuvre on our roadways, and permissive double-lefts (with buses!) just make a bad situation even worse.

Nowhere else in North America have I ever seen multiple left turn lanes on a two-way street without protected signal phases.

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