Bicylists bringing attention to new laws

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Fenton Cunningham leads a small group of bicyclists through Shelburne during a leg of the tour.

 

By Greg Bennett

The Coast Guard

NovaNewsnow.com

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.

 

 

 

 

Organizations: Coast Guard

Geographic location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Shelburne

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  • Roger Dodger
    September 05, 2011 - 09:45

    This might be good news for cycling enthusiasts, but it's not for the motoring public. I have nearly been driven off the road by cars coming the other way trying to go around a cyclist, because they will not stop until the lane in the other direction is clear. On most of our roads around here, including the 103, you would be be completely over the centre line if you gave them a meter of clearance. Bicycles on the road are a menace. They should not be permitted on the highway at all, and if they are on secondary roads or town streets, they should have to move over to the shoulder when traffic approaches. Afterall, the motoring public is paying for the pleasure of using the roads, through Fuel tax and registration fees. Cyclists are not. Since this legislation I have noticed cyclists are even more brazen, by not moving over at all, but acting like they can use the entire lane. I will not be responsible for hitting one, or more of them if I have to make the decision between hitting them or an on-coming tractor trailer.