Ellen's Law: support growing for 1-metre law following cyclist death
People biked and walked to Saint John City Hall in support of a law that would protect cyclists
Over 100 bikers and walkers made their way along Saint John streets Sunday to show their support for "Ellen's Law".
The cycling community is calling for a change to the Motor Vehicle Act that would force motorists to stay a metre away from cyclists when passing them.
Cyclists have been pushing for new rules following the death of Ellen Watters, the competitive cyclist who died after being struck by a vehicle while biking near Sussex before Christmas.
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On Sunday afternoon, the cycling community gathered in the parking lot of the Giant Tiger in Saint John and made their way by bike and foot to city hall.
There the crowd heard from cyclists, advocates and politicians. In the crowd, Ellen's mother, Nancy Watters, looked on.
"I am just overwhelmed," said Watters.
"I know Ellen. If it was for anyone else but herself she would be just whooping to have this go. I know that she totally didn't feel safe on these roads."
One of the people who spoke was Liberal MLA Rick Doucet. He told the group he will champion their proposed legislation.
Doucet said the government has been working on it.
"It hasn't been my file but I just want to be a part of it with them and help make it happen," he said.
"I was well into the side of the road, then all of a sudden I happened to notice a car. It was right beside me," Doucet said. "All of a sudden I was bouncing down the road, my bicycle was bouncing, there was glass all over the place and the car just kept on driving."
Doucet walked away with just some bruising, but he said it could've been a lot worse.
Saint John Mayor Don Darling said he was in full support of a one-metre law. He said he spoke with the other city mayors, and they agreed.