Over the course of the 2016, Velo NB had been in discussions with different Government officials concerning a 1 Meter Law in the Province of New Brunswick. Discussions had taken place with department officials and elected representatives on various aspects of what the law would be, and how it would work in the province.
To start 2017, we are continuing this push with government officials and all involved in the process at the municipal and provincial level. Wayne Arrowsmith, the Velo NB Advocacy Representative has been in touch with local cycling advocates across the province, gaining support for the 1 Meter legislation.
With the passing of Ellen Watters and the public reaction being strong, Velo NB is maintaining its efforts in the pursuit of the goal. The support from around the province and from around the country is strong, and we will continue our efforts on behalf of all involved. We are committed to working with government, local community groups, and national organizations that have valuable input into such legislation and making it law.
We are often asked, “What can I do?” by members and other cyclists in the province. At the moment there is petitions at participating bike shops and available on the links below. A signature adds your voice to those that have already made the pledge. 1 Meter Bumper Magnets, and #EllensLaw stickers will soon be available at participating bike shops in the province as we are distributing them in the coming weeks.
For more information on the proposed legislation, as well as a Summary of action see the links below. These documents were done with the help of Saint John Cycling, and Folks on Spokes Fredericton. The support of these clubs as well as local cycling communities across the province is greatly appreciated.