Province to Introduce Bicycle Safety Legislation

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

November 4, 2010 5:35 PM

The province is introducing amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act during this session of the House of Assembly that will make roads safer for bicyclists.

The amendments will enhance current bicycle legislation and require drivers to leave one metre of open space between the vehicle and bicyclist when passing.

"Drivers and cyclists have a shared responsibility to pay attention and look out for one another," said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks. "These amendments will help clarify and define the roles and responsibilities of bicyclists and motorists."

The province has been consulting with members of the cycling community on the new legislation to get their input on the amendments and making roads safer for cyclists.

The legislation will be introduced later this session.


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     The province will introduce amendments to the Motor Vehicle

Act during this session of the House of Assembly to make roads

safer for bicyclists.

     The amendments will require drivers to leave one metre of

open space between the vehicle and bicyclist when passing.

     Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill

Estabrooks says drivers and cyclists have a shared responsibility

to pay attention and look out for one another. He says the

amendments will help clarify and define the roles and

responsibilities of bicyclists and motorists.

     The legislation will be introduced later this session.

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Media Contact: Cathy MacIsaac
              Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
              902-424-8978
              E-mail: macisl@gov.ns.ca