Action: Demand a Minimum Passing Distance Law for B.C.
September 13, 2021
WIN! The resolution was successfully endorsed by the UBCM.
Our next step will be to ask the provincial government to enact Safe Passing Law in BC.
More than 1,220 people from 42 different municipalities in B.C. wrote more than 11,000 letters to their local mayor/city councillor asking them to support the resolution.
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On September 15, mayors and councillors across BC will vote on a resolution in support of a Safe Passing Law in BC - a minimum distance between 1 and 1.5 metres (3-5 feet) for motor vehicles to pass a person walking or cycling - would protect people and save lives. These types of laws are in force in 41 provinces and states but not in BC.
The motion will be ‘on the floor’ this Wednesday, September 15th at the annual meeting of the Union of BC Municipalities, sponsored by the City of North Vancouver.
This is an important step to further convince the provincial government to amend the Motor Vehicle Act to establish a minimum passing distance law in BC.
However, getting mayors and councillors on board is not a sure thing. They need to hear that road safety matters - especially from voices in their community.
Here is what you can do to help ensure a positive impact!
Remind your local mayor/city councillor of the upcoming UBCM resolution on Safe Passing Distance and ask them, as your representative, to support the resolution on Wednesday, September 15.