Motor Vehicle Act
The BC Cycling Coalition and our partner groups have completed a review of the MVA and submitted a list of proposed improvements reflecting the best practices of progressive jurisdictions to BC Government officials. As part of a comprehensive Cycling Strategy for British Columbia that includes accelerated investment in cycling networks, cyclist and driver education and improved maintenance of cycling infrastructure and roads, the BC Cycling Coalition has made recommendations to the Province to update this legislation.
The purpose of the proposed improvements are to:
- Provide greater clarity to all road users
- Acknowledge the fundamental differences between bicycles and motor vehicles
- Improve the safety of cyclists and other road users while improving the convenience and comfort of cycling
- Reduce conflicts among cyclists, pedestrians and motorists
- Provide better legal protection to cyclists and pedestrians in the event of collisions with motor vehicles
- Enable police to further focus their enforcement efforts efficiently on infractions that are the most likely to result in collisions, injuries and fatalities
- Conform with the practices taught in CAN-Bike, Streetwise and other bicycle safety courses.
These proposed changes include:
- Change of name of the act, as it applies to all modes, not just motor vehicles
- Specify minimum passing distance of 1.5m
- Legal definitions of bicycle lanes and separated cycling facilities
- Legalization of bicycle specific signals
- Allowing riding two abreast
- Removal or updated as near to the right clause
- Enabling cities to create blanket speed limits less than 50 km/h
- A default speed limit of 30 km/h on local streets
- Increasing the penalty for dooring from $81 to $368 plus 3 demerit points
More information on the proposed changes here.
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