New regulations aimed at making Quebec roads safer for cyclists now in effect

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WATCH ABOVE: Two amendments to Quebec's Highway Safety Code came into effect at the end of June and the hope is the new rules will make roads safer for cyclists – Jul 3, 2016

MONTREAL – The province has implemented new rules to help keep cyclists safer on the roads.

Two amendments to Quebec’s Highway Safety Code came into effect at the end of June.

The first requires drivers to maintain a distance of at least one metre from cyclists sharing their lane.

For cyclist Thomas Keller, the new regulation makes sense.

“I’m from Germany, it’s mandatory for cars to stay away from bikes for at least one metre as well,” he said. “So it’s great.”

The second change increases fines for dooring to as much as $300. Previously fines did not exceed $60.

Another cyclist, Olivier Cousin, agreed with the changes but said the onus shouldn’t be solely on the driver.

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“I think both parts has responsibility, not only the driver but also the cyclist.” Cousin said. “I think if both parts make an effort, it will be really easier for everyone.”

During the month of July, Quebec’s Transport Ministry and the Automobile Insurance Board (SAAQ) will work to educate people about the new guidelines.