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Bike safety in Edmonton: the push for new road rules

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WATCH ABOVE: There's a push to see more breathing room for Edmonton cyclists so they feel safer when they're out and about. The debate centres around the possibility of new passing rules for drivers. Vinesh Pratap explains – Feb 4, 2020

Slowly, there’s been a growth in the number of cyclists around Edmonton and now, there’s a push to make the roads safer for those on two wheels.

“There were a couple of times where I definitely had uncomfortable instances of just being on a collector road,” said Stephen Raitz, with Paths for People.

It’s one of several organizations wanting to see new safe-passing rules for motorists, similar to what Calgary has in place now.

READ MORE: Calgary drivers beware: new safe passing bylaw to take effect as of Sept. 1

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There, motorists are required to give between one and 1.5 metres of space, depending on the speed limit, when passing a cyclist.

The potential fine is $203.

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Edmonton Councillor Ben Henderson has asked for more information from city staff.

“I don’t know if enforcement is really the issue,” Henderson said.

“I think it’s an educational tool as much as anything else.”

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Paths for People suggests the rules wouldn’t have to apply where there are separated bike lanes.

READ MORE: Homeowners call Edmonton bike lanes on 76 Ave flawed and non-functional

“This bylaw would ensure that cycling can be more comfortable for more people if we’re using the roads as we’re allowed to use,” Raitz said.

More details are expected later this year.

WATCH BELOW (Nov. 18, 2019): The future of Edmonton’s bike plan

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