Montreal mulls separate laws for motorists, cyclists

Apr 03, 2018, 5:29 AM EDT
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Montreal has never shown an affinity for “vehicular cycling,” the idea that cyclists “fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.” In line with its long-held beliefs, the city is now planning separate laws for motorists and cyclists to do away with some rules that are absurd for bikes.

The change in laws, despite its controversial nature, would admit the basic reality that automobiles and bicycles are fundamentally different and will encourage people to ride a bike, notes The Globe and Mail.

Suzanne Lareau, chief executive of Vélo Québec, says people want “equity in road safety codes, not equality,” pointing to the glaring differences in weight, speed and damage potential of cars and bicycles, writes Tree Hugger.