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Old December 1st, 2007, 09:15 PM   #961
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That 1st video is cool, but a bit too fast, you can't really look at the skyline so fast. I have some experience taking video's while driving myself. My 38 road video's
I know, I am subscribed to your channel (Kot1234) .
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 10:30 AM   #962
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Cool videos. I'll have to make some myself.
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Old December 3rd, 2007, 05:30 AM   #963
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I have a question that just came up when I was responding regarding a related topic to a person in another forum. Why is the leftmost line of the collectors on the 401 yellow, and not white? After all, it separates traffic flowing into the same direction, technically The same also happens on on-ramps, where the line to the left of you is often yellow until you reach the start of the acceleration lane, when it becomes white. Just wondering
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Old December 3rd, 2007, 11:45 PM   #964
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I think it's because a solid yellow line means "do not cross under any circumstances", technically. It's the edge of that particular part of the roadway, so you don't cross it... that's my best explanation, though I'm sure there's someone here who knows better.
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Old December 4th, 2007, 01:01 AM   #965
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^ Its an interesting question. I don't know why they use yellow, but it seems to be the most logical choice since it does mark the left edge of a traveled roadway. Sort of on topic, in Ontario, a vehicle is allowed to cross a solid yellow line. a double yellow line for example means passing is not recommended, but not illegal.
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Old December 4th, 2007, 04:06 AM   #966
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That's interesting, because the driver's handbook simply says "it is not safe to pass", and "A should not pass" (referring to a vehicle "A" on a picture). This is one thing that I find strange in Ontario (and probably the rest of North America) in general - the rules of the road, as taught to new drivers, are somewhat informal and incomplete.

For example, the driver's handbook, in the section about traffic signs, starts by saying something like "these are some of the signs you will encounter on Ontario roads". I have actually encountered signs on the road (cannot recall exactly which at this point) that I have not seen before in my life (even though the picture on them was quite self-explanatory).

Also, right-of-way is not explained, nor indicated (on the road) very clearly in North America. For example, technically, if one comes to a stop sign without the words "all way" (or a variation) underneath, one needs to assume that cross traffic does not have a stop sign. However, I've encountered many situations (especially in some large shopping areas) where all intersecting roads have a stop sign, even though "all way" is missing. It takes some time to recognize the other stop signs by seeing them directly. Also, just to be safe I guess, the driver's handbook mentions that in the absence of any regulation, the vehicle on the right goes first. However, most intersections are controlled (which is a good thing), but you can never be 100% sure that if you are approaching an intersection where you don't have any signs or traffic lights, the cross traffic does (i.e. a stop or yield sign). The general assumption is that it does, and therefore one just speeds through the intersection.

This is not necessarily a very bad thing, but just an observation that I made. In contrast, I've seen the equivalent to the "driver's handbook" in Israel, and I assume Europe is similar, and they actually give each traffic sign a specific ID. The rules are described in a very formal and precise way. For example, "When you see this sign, you have to do X, unless specified otherwise by sign B-12, or unless sign C-17 is present, in which case you have to do Y."

I guess it all comes down to common sense, but I do sometimes find that there is a lack of formality and precision when it comes to traffic rules in Ontario. Part of the reason is a partial lack of standardization and the use of arbitrary textual signs, which are prevalent in North America.
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Old December 4th, 2007, 08:41 PM   #967
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I've encountered many situations (especially in some large shopping areas) where all intersecting roads have a stop sign, even though "all way" is missing. It takes some time to recognize the other stop signs by seeing them directly. ... you can never be 100% sure that if you are approaching an intersection where you don't have any signs or traffic lights, the cross traffic does (i.e. a stop or yield sign). The general assumption is that it does, and therefore one just speeds through the intersection.
Yes, in my opinion, the biggest disadvantage of North American traffic rules is that the main road is neither defined nor marked by the appropriate signs. In most of European countries, yield and main road signs are often used as a pair to ensure the safe and smooth traffic flow through the intersection. In America, on the other hand, the absence of any sign in 95% indicates that the crossing road has STOP signs, so indeed one can speed up through the intersection. I tell you, it makes me confused for the first couple of days when I drive in Europe after America.
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Old December 4th, 2007, 08:43 PM   #968
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A question:
The speed limit in ontario is?
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Old December 4th, 2007, 08:48 PM   #969
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The speed limit in ontario is?
100 km/h on motorways, 40-60 km/h in urban areas, 70-90 km/h on extra-urban carriageways and expressways.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 11:05 AM   #970
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Yet another nice Youtube video that I found. This one is pretty unique, and is a fast-forward slideshow of the drive from Toronto to Ottawa (Canada's capital, for those who don't know ).

In particular, it shows a very large stretch of the "famous" Highway 401 Toward the end, one can also see Highway 416, a ~70km motorway that connects Highway 401 to Highway 417 near Ottawa.

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Old February 13th, 2008, 07:52 PM   #971
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Old February 13th, 2008, 08:33 PM   #972
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Sweet! Every time I had to cross the border to the Sud, I became depressed
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Old February 13th, 2008, 09:09 PM   #973
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Extremely beautiful! What's the lowest AADT figure on the TCH?
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Old February 13th, 2008, 11:58 PM   #974
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While we're at it... some pics of the Trans-Canada, Hwy 1, throught the Rocky Mountains...









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Old February 14th, 2008, 12:03 AM   #975
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While we're at it... some pics of the Trans-Canada, Hwy 1, throught the Rocky Mountains...

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Wow, amazing shots.
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Old February 14th, 2008, 12:33 AM   #976
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That new park bridge is unbelievable.
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Old February 14th, 2008, 06:02 PM   #977
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Don't normally see much from New Brunswick on here...that's nice to see.
That PEI route sign is a little small for my tastes but still a lovely place.
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Old February 14th, 2008, 06:43 PM   #978
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Incredible pics!!!

I like this highway!!!

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Old March 6th, 2008, 09:28 PM   #979
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Many sources, including wikipedia, are quoting that Canada has over 17.000 kilometers of motorway-grade roads. I always doubted that, and with my new road atlas that has been shipped today to my home, i calculated the freeways. Given the fact that the atlas is not extremely detailed, i'll maintain an error margin of 100km.

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British Columbia

Road 1	Horseshoe Bay – Hope				168km
Road 1	Victoria – Langford					14km
Road 5	Hope – Kamloops					219km
Road 19	Parksville - Dunsmuir				29km
Road 91	Alluvia – Richmond					23km
Road 97	Kelowna – Merritt					81km
Road 99	White Rock – Richmond				41km
									575km

Alberta

Road 1	Banff -  Calgary					100km
Road 2	Calgary – Edmonton				325km
Road 14	Edmonton Beltway					29km
Road 15	Edmonton – Sherwood Park			22km
Road 16	Wabamun – Edmonton				43km
									519km

Saskatchewan
Road 1	Regina						8km
Road 6	Regina						11km
Road 11	Saskatoon						12km
Road 11	Regina						10km
Circle Dr	Saskatoon						4km
									45km

Manitoba

Road 204	Winnipeg						8km
									8km

Ontario
Road 1	Sudbury – Whitefish					32km
Road 8	Preston – Kitchener					17km
Road 11	Barrie – North Bay					162km
Road 22	Windsor						10km
Road 115	Peterborough					21km
Road 400	Toronto – Parry Sound				204km
Road 401	Windsor – Lancaster				838km
Road 402	Sarnia – London					103km
Road 403 	Woodstock – Burlington				100km
Road 403	Missisauga						16km
Road 404	Toronto – Newmarket				47km
Road 406	Saint Catharines					8km
Road 407	Burlington – Markham				92km
Road 409	Toronto						5km
Road 410	Toronto – Brampton					13km
Road 416	Prescott – Ottawa					90km
Road 417	Ottawa – Saint Eugene				138km
Road 427	Toronto						19km
QEW		Fort Erie – Toronto					153km
Lincoln Pkwy	Hamilton						8km
									1915km

Québec
A5		Gatineau – Wakefield				16km
A10		Magog – Montreal					140km
A15		Montreal – Sainte Agathe des Monts		152km
A19		Laval							3km
A20		Riviere Beaudette – Cacouna			468km
A25		Longueuil – Sainte Jacques			38km
A30		Chateauguay	- Bécancour				122km
A31		Lavaltrie – Joliette					154km
A40		Saint Clet – Québec					388km
A50		St Jerome – Brownsburg				29km
A50		Gatineau						34km
A55		Stanstead – Grand-Mere				209km
A70		Saguenay						26km
A73		Quebec – St Joseph				65km
A132		Rimouski						29km
A410		Sherbrooke						10km
A440		Laval – Montreal					5km
A440		Quebec						12km
A520		Montreal						5km
A540		Quebec						3km
A573		Quebec						6km
A640		Oka – Charlemagne					55km
A720		Montreal						5km
A740		Quebec						5km
									1839km

New Brunswick
Route 1	Lepreau – Salisbury					150km
Route 2	Madawaska – Grand Falls				68km
Route 2	Woodstock – Sackville				298km
Route 7	Fredericton						5km
Route 8	Fredericton						9km
Route 8	Bathurst						18km
Route 11	Shediac						7km
Route 15	Dieppe – Shediac					11km
									566km

Nova Scotia
Road 101	Halifax – Brooklyn					42km
Road 102	Halifax – Truro					85km
Road 104	Amherst – New Glasgow				180km
Road 106	Westville – Pictou					11km
Road 111	Dartmouth						9km
Road 118	Dartmouth – Fall River				14km
									341km
Total: 5808km

I have to add, the fact that many western provinces include a lot of major, 4 lane highways. Those are not grade-separated, and can therefore not be counted as motorway-grade road, which absolutely requires grade-separated junctions. That is the only thing that's missing on those highways, since they also have a hard shoulder.

I'll probably take the heat now from Canadian forumers
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Old March 7th, 2008, 06:23 AM   #980
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Actually, that looks right It's the case with many countries though. For example, Russia claims to have something like 20,000 km of expressway, and I wonder if they even have 20% of that. But 17,000 km does look way too much for Canada. I think it might also include the entire Trans-Canada (I'm not sure though), and possibly 2-lane freeways (i.e. 2-lane roads without at-grade intersections - there are several roads like this in Ontario, not sure about other provinces).

Btw I think you forgot about Red Hill Valley Parkway in Hamilton, Ontario
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