Cycling Advocates Call for a New Safety By-Law
Peter Dedes is a member of the City of Kitchener's cycling advisory committee and he is calling for a bylaw to make city streets safer for cyclists. This bylaw would require cars to stay a minimum of 1 metre away from cyclists.
The province has been grappling with strategies to help keep cyclists safer following the Ontario Coroner's report on the 126 cycling deaths in 2006-9 . A private member's bill was before parliament but died when Premier McGuinty suspended the legislature.
Dedes would like the city to review several other bylaws as well and to remove the one banning cyclists from riding side by side. He also would like to see stronger legislation around e-bike usage on multi use trails. In other countries there are rules requiring cyclists be allowed up to 1.5 metres clearance.
Peter Walberg, another member of the committee said "If there are any barriers in place to encouraging more people to take up riding because of safety or perceptions of safety then obviously we want to address that".