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Updated: 26th February 2020 04:01 Calgary

Calgary drivers must give cyclists 1-metre clearance when passing, starting next month

A new bylaw set to take effect at the start of next month makes it mandatory for motorists to leave a one-metre gap as they pass cyclists on Calgary roadways.

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Safe passing bylaw lets motorists legally cross solid yellow line to get around cyclists

The City of Calgary's new safe passing bylaw, which comes into force on Sept. 1, requires that motorists leave one metre of space when passing a cyclist. (City of Calgary)

A new bylaw set to take effect at the start of next month makes it mandatory for motorists to leave a one-metre gap as they pass cyclists on Calgary roadways. 

The safe passing distance widens to 1.5 metres when the speed limit is over 60 km/h, the city said in a release. 

In order to pass someone riding a bicycle, drivers are legally permitted to cross a solid yellow line when it's safe to do so.

Failure to obey the bylaw can lead to a fine of up to $203.

Cyclists are also required to ride as close to the side of the road as is safe.

The changes are in line with regulations in most Canadian provinces and the United States, the city says.

Several other changes to Calgary's transportation bylaws have recently come into effect, including:

  • Allowing skateboards, scooters and inline skates on cycle tracks and in public spaces in the downtown core, including Olympic Plaza and Stephen Avenue.
  • Allowing electric pedal-assist bicycles on Calgary Transit during the same non-peak hours that other bicycles are allowed, and all bikes weighing less than 55 pounds on bike racks on the front of city buses.
  • Allowing cyclists to use either arm to indicate a right turn and allowing cyclists to yield instead of coming to a full stop when entering or exiting a roadway or sidewalk to or from a pathway.

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