Minimum safe passing distance
Ever since September 1, 2019, motorists who are driving slower than 60km/h will be required by law to leave a minimum of 1 metre when passing someone cycling.
If you are driving faster than 60km/hr the distance increases to at least 1.5 metres of space when passing. Failure to leave the minimum safe passing distance may result in a $203 fine as per the new bylaw.
** You can cross a single solid yellow line when passing a cyclist pass, if it’s safe to do so. If you can’t pass safely with the minimum amount of space, slow down, and wait for an opportunity to pass.
If you are cycling, you will still be expected to ride as close to the curb as is safe to do so.
Word of the day:
Motorists (noun): the driver of a car.
Want to know more about transportation bylaws? Visit https://www.calgary.ca/transportation/tp/cycling/cycling-education-and-safety/transportation-bylaw-changes.html?redirect=/safepassing