Mayors & Councillors Pass Motor Vehicle Act Improvements Resolution
Great news! Resolution B102: Updating the BC Motor Vehicle Act to Improve Safety for All Road Users passed at Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conference. Thanks to the City of New Westminster for moving this resolution forward.
While this is a very important step forward, much work still needs to be done to help ensure that the BC Government updates the Motor Vehicle Act to make our roads safer for people walking and cycling.
Proposed changes to improve the safety and comfort of people cycling, walking and using a wheelchair include:
- Change of name of the act, as it applies to all modes, not just motor vehicles
- Specify minimum passing distance of 1.5m for people cycling, walking and using a wheelchair
- Legal definitions of bicycle lanes and separated cycling facilities to enable better enforcement against vehicles blocking bike lanes
- 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 neighbourhood streets (no centre line)
More information on the proposed changes here.
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