Province Wants Input on Proposed New Bicycle Rules

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (to March 31, 2014)

August 9, 2011 10:12 AM

If you are a fan of two-wheeled transit, the province wants to hear from you.

The province is starting public consultations on proposed new rules for bicycles, aimed at making the rules of the road clear and easy to understand.

"We all want to know our roads are safe," said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

"These new rules will help us ensure that everyone knows the rules, and will help keep cyclists and others safe."

The new rules would:
-- clarify that power-assisted bicycles are subject to the same rules as manual bicycles
-- set out who must wear a bicycle helmet, and how helmet regulations will be enforced
-- set out rules for towing a bicycle trailer
-- ban dangerous cycling practices, including riding between two lanes of vehicles going in the same direction, and travelling in groups of over 15 cyclists on the highway

To see the full list of proposed amendments and fill out the consultation document, visit www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/access/drivers/stakeholder-consultations-on-bicycles.asp .

Groups or individuals who would like to offer their input can e-mail mvaconsultations@gov.ns.ca by Sept. 14. They can also phone 424-4380 in metro Halifax, or 1-800-670-4357.

Written submissions can be sent to:

MVA Consultations - Bicycles
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
P.O. Box 216
Halifax, N.S. B3J 2M4


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     If you are a fan of two-wheeled transit, the province

wants to hear from you.

     The province is asking the public for feedback on proposed

new rules for bicycles.

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John

MacDonell says they will make the rules of the road clear to

cyclists and other drivers, and help keep everyone safe.

     For more information, visit the Service Nova Scotia and

Municipal Relations website.

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Media Contact: Rachel Boomer
              Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
              902-424-2733
              E-mail: boomerra@gov.ns.ca