Quebec is set to catch up to other jurisdictions with road laws respecting cycling, including an added wrinkle that gives a cyclist in a lane clear and pre-emptive right to that lane.
“No driver of a road vehicle may pass a bicycle within the same traffic lane unless the driver may do so safely, after reducing the vehicle’s speed and ensuring that a reasonable distance can be kept between the vehicle and the bicycle during the manœuvre,” the bill states.
A “reasonable distance” is defined as:
– 1.5 metres on a street with a speed limit of 50 km/h or more
– 1 metre on a street with a speed limit lower than 50 km/h.