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Advice for my friend rollerblading across Canada

Postby klink1983 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:22 pm

A mutual friend of my Wife and I is rollerblading across Canada to raise funds for a charitable organization.

Today I checked up on my friend via facebook and she posted (below) about her progress for the day. I am seeking the advice of any N.S. police officers in particular because that is where she is at the moment, as well as cops across the country.
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"Story of the day: We have been traveling along highway 104 in Nova Scotia ... For some reason I was lead to believe this was totally legal (perhaps it was the 400 or so km we have already done!)... Apparently not ... We were pulled over by a nice RCMP officer who told us we needed a permit to be on the 104 .. we started freaking out but then we found out that we don't need a permit, we just aren't allowed on the main highway at all! So its a moo point.. we are now on hwy 4 which will run right into our next town, Truro but we are safer with the lower traffic speeds .. Only downfall... Less exposure :( ________________________________

Have any of you come across the situation of fund raising type initiatives across the country throughout your career when someone is challenging the the size of our country? She is on roller blades wearing bright clothing, and her husband is in trail in a van donated by an Ottawa truck dealer with 4 ways activated as well as the slow moving vehicle orange/red sign common on tractors.

1. In your respective province, are permits required to do this? Or is it otherwise unlawful depending on the classification of roadway?

2. Is it common, or otherwise permitted for on duty Police Officers to provide escort?

I am trying to do some ahead work for them for when they start their next province in order to ease the challenges of planning on the go.

Thank you in advance for your time all!

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Postby meathead1 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:34 pm

I'm not in NS, but in ontario, it's absolutely NOT allowed. You can not rollerblade on the 400 series highways.
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Postby Respond Wayne » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:59 pm

My first thought is the >>> Trans Canada Highway <<<

I don't know about other Provinces, but in Ontario it's a minor highway and I always see cyclists on it, so I'd assume rollerblading is fine...? :ponder:
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Postby klink1983 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:09 pm

meathead1 wrote:I'm not in NS, but in ontario, it's absolutely NOT allowed. You can not rollerblade on the 400 series highways.


Even if it were allowed that would be a death wish. I'm very certain they won't be using 400's at all. I'm not too familiar with how to get to places toward Oakville, Burlington, Niagara Falls etc. without using 400's but then again I always have my car when I do that run.

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Postby klink1983 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:11 pm

Respond Wayne wrote:My first thought is the >>> Trans Canada Highway <<<

I don't know about other Provinces, but in Ontario it's a minor highway and I always see cyclists on it, so I'd assume rollerblading is fine...? :ponder:


I would have thought the same thing with a road such as 104 in Nova Scotia.
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Postby gotchya » Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:42 pm

klink1983 wrote:Even if it were allowed that would be a death wish. I'm very certain they won't be using 400's at all. I'm not too familiar with how to get to places toward Oakville, Burlington, Niagara Falls etc. without using 400's but then again I always have my car when I do that run.

Thanks for the reply.

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Postby Dave Brown » Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:35 am

With all due respect to your friend and the cause, I find this plan dangerous and HIGHLY irresponsible. Someone is likely to get killed.

Your friend will need to be rollerblading in the main traffic lane, and no one expects a slow-moving vehicle in the traffic lane.

All the visibility in the world doesn't make the slightest bit of difference because the car that kills your friend, her dad or themselves will not even SEE either of them until the last fraction of a second. That car will be following a van or a truck; that van will suddenly wake up to the fact that a vehicle in front of them is going slow, and will swerve out of the way at the last second. The car immediately BEHIND that van won't have time to react and won't see any lights or triangles as they instantly plow right into the back of the follow van at 100 KPH.

If you insist I am wrong, how about you ask ANY traffic cop who would be glad to tell you about the high risk of getting rear-ended on the highway, in spite of a million bright flashing lights and them being pulled way OUT of the traffic lane on the shoulder.

Seriously, someone is going to get killed. No cause in the world is worth this cost, and I hope the police shut this down right away before this happens or they obtain all the necessary permits and proper police escort. To sneak around without escorts and permits is just plain irresponsible.

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Postby klink1983 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:30 am

Dave Brown wrote:With all due respect to your friend and the cause, I find this plan dangerous and HIGHLY irresponsible. Someone is likely to get killed....

.....Seriously, someone is going to get killed. No cause in the world is worth this cost, and I hope the police shut this down right away before this happens or they obtain all the necessary permits and proper police escort. To sneak around without escorts and permits is just plain irresponsible.


I don't really want to say anything on this as to turn it into one of the threads that gets locked, I do appreciate your interest and your input. Out of respect for you and your obvious wealth of knowledge from experience, myself, my friend, and the cause she is working for I do not want to contribute to this thread being locked or otherwise turning into a shitshow.

I will certainly take your advice under consideration and tee up with them the next time they get a decent internet connection to review their plan and to see if I can help them out.

Your profile says that you are from Manitoba so would you be able to provide insight into any permits that may need to be acquired in that Province?
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Postby A.T.R. » Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:42 am

Is she hot?

Wearing spandex?
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Postby klink1983 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:08 pm

Shes's pretty good looking. Reebok gave her a bunch of stuff to include a personalized jersey but she only wears that when they near towns. The rest of the time its sweaty shorts, shirts, and hats from Gongshow hockey.

You like em' sweaty eh? lol
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Postby El Conejo » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:10 pm

Totally off topic, but couldn't resist:

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Postby Respond Wayne » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:11 pm

Have you looked >>> HERE <<< ?

Check out his route, maybe ask him some questions.
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Postby Dave Brown » Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:58 pm

It doesn't have to turn into anything that will get locked down. I was offering my opinion that this project - no matter how noble the cause - is highly irresponsible and may get someone killed. It is also, as has been pointed out to others who are familiar with the laws in their own jurisdictions, illegal in many places.

I don't want you focusing on my opinion. I want you to talk to traffic cops about how often well-lit police cars parked safely on the shoulder still get rear-ended. There is a reason why Ford tested the previous Police Interceptor for 75 MPH rear-end collisions.

Now add in the fact that your friend and the follow van are traveling in the traffic lane and not the shoulder, and you can see this is a recipe for disaster.

Kudos to the RCMP officer who got them off the main highway where this was illegal. Did you ever think about WHY this is illegal? Did you ever think about that it's not just that darn ole RCMP trying to spoil people's fun.

I tried to explain the scenario where a vehicle is going to plow into the rear of that van and all the slo-moving-vehicle triangles and flashing hazard lights are not going to do the slightest bit of good because they won't see them until the last fraction of a second.

Maybe someone can find that anti-speeding commercial where the SUV pulls in front of a car and then swerves out of the way of a car parked on the highway at the last second, leaving the car behind no time to even start thinking of reacting before they smash into it.

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Postby A.T.R. » Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:55 pm

Safety and fore thought should have been used.

Outlining the route and then liaising with all jurisdictions giving them here schedule, and applying for whatever may be needed so as to be able to roller blade on roads and highways.

Kudos to her though.
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Postby klink1983 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:43 pm

Respond Wayne wrote:Have you looked >>> HERE <<< ?

Check out his route, maybe ask him some questions.


No reply. I'm taking a wild guess he doesn't have much to do with that site because his journey was completed a few years ago. Thanks for the info however.
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