Quebec Set To Update Road Laws For Cycling

photo from Vélo Québec
photo from Vélo Québec

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.

See CBC article.

Author: Alan Medcalf

Alan is a post-corporate, volunteer, community builder living in Brockville, Ontario. He seeks to create sustainable lifestyle advantage for the community by creating opportunities for more people to choose to walk and to ride bikes. He promotes the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of active mobility.