Bill 93 amends Nova Scotia’s Motor Vehicle Act, changing interactions between bicycles and cars.
Condensed Version of Bill 93
- Motorists are required to leave a minimum of 1m between their vehicle and a cyclist while passing.
- Motor vehicles may cross the centre line in order to pass a cyclist, when safe to do so.
- Cyclists are to ride on the right side of the road in the direction of traffic, but may move towards the centre of the lane when safer in order to avoid hazards or maintain a regular traffic flow -including when riding through a roundabout, turning left, or passing another vehicle.
- Motor vehicles may not be parked in a bike lane, or drive in a bike lane except to avoid a hazard or to pass a left turning vehicle (then the passing car must yield to cyclists in the bike lane).
- Cyclists are to use bike lanes if present on their route and it is safe to do so (i.e. free of hazards etc..)
- Cyclists may pass on the right of stopped motor vehicles, if safe to do so.
Introduced as a Government Bill, Bill 93 was passed in slightly amended form by all members of the Legislature and is scheduled to be proclaimed law in early June, 2011.
With Bill 93, Nova Scotia will be the first province in Canada to enact rules requiring motor vehicles to pass cyclists at a safe distance (at least 1 m). This and other amendments in Bill 93 are a step towards making Nova Scotia a better place to ride a bicycle!