I don't know if you noticed the passage of Bill 126 amidst the buzz over Ontario's cellphone ban for motorists.
Bill 126, the Road Safety Act that was also passed this week, contains some matters of interest to cyclists.
One is that one of the objectives of Eleanor McMahon, the driving force behind the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, was realized with the passage of the Greg's Law provisions. Her husband, Greg Stobbart, was riding his bicycle when he was struck and killed by a suspended driver in 2006. Under the new bill, a suspended driver stopped by police may have his vehicle immediately impounded, rather than having to wait for the bureaucratic machinations involved in getting an order to impound it. McMahon has been lobbying hard to get this provision, and with some 500,000 suspended and unlicensed drivers in the province, 75 per cent of whom still drive despite the lack of a valid licence, there is fertile ground for vehicle seizure.
The other matter is the redefinition of the bicycle. It now includes "power-assisted bicycles", the so-called e-bikes. Riders of "power-assisted bicycles" must wear a motorcycle or bicycle helmet. There are also provisions that allow the Minister of Transportation to make regulations about helmets without having to go to the lieutenant-governor. For those who have concerns about government inclinations toward a mandatory helmet law, this may cause some discussion over the breakfast table. Read the whole bill here.