Here in the Centre of the Known Universe - heck, everywhere I’ve ever been in the entire Universe - a flashing green traffic light means an advanced green so you can make a left turn.
Not in Vancouver.
I was driving along West Georgia Street (I think it was) the other day and all the traffic lights were flashing green. But the traffic coming in the opposite direction wasn’t stopping - a left turn would have been suicidal.
Later, I asked a local what was going on. He said flashing green lights indicate pedestrian crossings, and that if someone pushes a button, the lights could turn red on little or no notice.
I have to give Vancouver credit - the city and its people did a fabulous job with the Winter Olympics.
They probably think everybody’s out of step on this flashing-green thing except them.
And we know Vancouver’s politicians hate cars even more than Toronto’s do; they’ll do almost anything to irritate motorists.
But come on, people. Tourism is a big part of your city’s economy. It doesn’t work well to have visitors wreck their cars or kill themselves because you make up your own traffic rules.
What’s next: go on the red and stop on the green - flashing or otherwise?