January 10, 2017 9:58 pm

Saint John Common Council throws support behind ‘Ellen’s Law’

New Brunswick cyclist Ellen Watters is pictured in this handout photo. Watters died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 after she was hit by a vehicle while training in Sussex, N.B. on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. Saint John Common Council has thrown its support behind cyclist safety legislation, known now as "Ellen's Law."

Emily Flynn
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Saint John Common Council has thrown its support behind the growing push for legislation to improve safety for cyclists in New Brunswick – a law now being referred to as “Ellen’s Law.”

READ MORE: ‘Ellen’s Law’ rallies in New Brunswick draw hundreds in push for better cyclist safety

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The law is named after 28-year-old Apohaqui, N.B. native and cyclist Ellen Watters who died less than a week after she was hit by a vehicle while training in the Sussex area on Dec. 23. She was signed to ride professionally in 2017.

Under the legislation, drivers would be required to give at least one metre clearance when passing a bicycle. Similar laws are enforced in Ontario and Nova Scotia.

The motion, by Mayor Don Darling, comes days after hundreds of people came together for rallies in Saint John and Moncton on Jan. 1 in support of the legislation.

READ MORE: New Brunswick cyclist Ellen Watters’ death leads to push for ‘Ellen’s Law’

In a submission to council that included the motion, Darling wrote that the mayors of Fredericton and Moncton are also calling for the legislation to be passed.

Council unanimously supported Darling’s motion on Monday to write the provincial Minister of Justice and Public Safety, Denis Landry, in support of the law.

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