Worst state, really? I havent lived in too many states but VA. doesnt seem so bad to me MC-wise. You've got to wear a helmet, sure, but I've never been pulled over and I've seen plenty of troopers and locals when I've been a tad over the speed limit. Maybe being 81 years old helps. They figure I can't possibly be dangerous I guess.
In a broader sense, i wish to state that I'm surprised Canada is lagging behind on the HOV thing. Generally, I look to Canada for progress and hope for the future, but not on this one evidently. The HOV lane on 95 up to DC has been open to single rider motorcycles for years.
Don't forget that Canada is larger than the U.S. with only one tenth of the population. We also only have 4 cities with a population over 1 million: Toronto (5), Montreal (4), Vancouver (2) and Ottawa (1).
So the problem of heavy traffic is not really widespread and hasnt really required government intervention before now.
First off, is there a City/Province in Canada that doesn't have crappy city/provincial planners?
In Ontario and Ottawa in particular government, seems to be the 'release' area for the Bedlam asylum.
Ottawa has to be one of the worst run cities in Canada.
I was told that only 17% of the people that commute in Ottawa even take public transport. Why bother with it then?
Ottawa has kilometres of dedicated bus transit (think private 2 lane highways) road that only the buses can travel on. Not bicycles, not pedestrians, not anything but a city bus.
What kind of stupidity is that?
Motorcycles seem to be considered 'toys' in Canada. Maybe because they are restricted by our weather.
The Ministers response is pretty typical. Zero thought. What are the odds they even asked Toronto what they wanted? The only city in the province with a HOV, and the government passes laws that don't match the requirements. What's even worse is that the Provincial government seat of power, Queenspark, is IN Toronto.
You guys have a couple things going for ya. Micheal Moore loves Canada better than the US, and all our movie stars are all going to move there real soon. Now if we could just get them to go............