3-foot bicycle passing law to be tabled by Ontario NDP
The "Radical Reverend" MPP Cheri DiNovo of Parkdale-High Park will be introducing a private members bill to amend the Highway Traffic Act, requiring motor vehicle drivers to give at least 3-feet (or 1 metre for us metric users) of clearance when passing bicycles.
There are about 16 U.S. states that have 3-foot laws, where advocacy is stronger than in Canada in educating politicians and motorists in giving 3 feet.
From the press release:
Cyclists and friends are invited to join in the launch of this Bill at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, May 18:
- 9:30 am – Rally for Safe Cycling – bring your bikes and your kids and show your support for a new provincial 3 foot law. Front Lawn of Ontario legislature.
- 10:00 am – Media conference. Queen’s Park Media Studio.
Take the Lane recommends people write to their MPP to ask them to support this bill. With many conservative and liberal states passing the bill (Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, Maine) one would think this bill would have an easy pass. With your push, maybe it will have a chance.