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Quebec passes two laws to increase cyclist protection

Two new road safety laws aiming to better protect cyclists are now coming into effect in Quebec. They involve the so-called “dooring” of cyclists and the mandatory distance to maintain between cars and bicycles.

Much stricter fines will be handed to drivers and vehicle occupants who open the door without shoulder-checking and hit a passing cyclist. The fines will be $200-$300, while in the past it was $30-$60.

Also, the Highway Safety Code will be amended to force drivers to maintain a distance of 1.5 metre when passing a bicycle on a road with a 50km/h or higher speed limit. The mandatory distance on a road with a speed limit under 50 km/h is one metre. Offenders will receive a fine of $200-$300 and two demerit points.