By Greg Bennett
The Coast Guard
Bicycle riders from across the province were pedaling their way to Halifax to focus attention on impending amendments to laws governing bicycle use on roads and highways.
In four relays following different routes across Nova Scotia, cyclists will deliver copies of Bill 93 to the provincial legislature where it will be declared law. Each relay will end at the Legislature on June 1.
Teams of riders from across the province were taking part in legs of the journey; including bicyclists Fenton Cunningham and Randy Cunningham who were joined by Gayland and Sherry Goodwin of Argyle for the Yarmouth to Shelburne leg of the journey.
The ride was designed to highlight and raise awareness of the new amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act (Bill 93), specifically that
▪ Motor vehicles must leave at least 1m separation when passing a cyclist.
▪ Cyclists are to ride on the right side of the road at most times but may use more of the lane when this is safer - including when riding through a roundabout, turning left, passing, or avoiding obstacles.
▪ It is illegal to drive or park a motor vehicle in a bike lane, with few exceptions.
▪ Cyclists use bike lanes if present on their route and in safe condition.