Advertisement

Hamilton politicians urge enforcement of one-metre passing law to protect cyclists

Hamilton's public works committee wants police to study options for enforcing a law that aims to make roads safer for cyclists.
Hamilton's public works committee wants police to study options for enforcing a law that aims to make roads safer for cyclists. Ken Mann/CHML

Hamilton police are being asked to investigate options for enforcing a four-year-old law that aims to protect cyclists.

The city’s public works committee has approved a motion asking police to “consider options for enforcement of the one-metre passing law.”

READ MORE: Two accidents involving cyclists in Hamilton in less than 24 hours

Committee members have been told that police in other cities, including Ottawa and Guelph, enforce the rule using radar devices.

Ward 8 Coun. John-Paul Danko tabled the motion on Monday morning saying many drivers don’t realize a bicycle is equivalent to any other vehicle and that they’re required to slow down and pass safely leaving a one-metre buffer.

WATCH (Aug. 15, 2019): Calls for national bike strategy as cities expand plans

Click to play video: 'Calls for national bike strategy as cities expand plans' Calls for national bike strategy as cities expand plans
Calls for national bike strategy as cities expand plans – Aug 15, 2019

Danko says the purpose of his motion is educational, to “make sure people are aware of their obligations.”

Story continues below advertisement

READ MORE: Liberal MPP wants new offence of careless driving causing death or bodily harm

The one-metre passing law was passed into law four years ago by the provincial government in memory of Greg Stobbart, an OPP officer who was struck and killed while riding his bicycle near Milton in 2006.

The public works committee also approved a separate motion brought forward by Ward 4 Coun. Sam Merulla on Monday, asking the federal government to recognize distracted driving as a criminal code violation, much like impaired driving.

Sponsored content