A couple of weeks ago, a private member's bill was introduced by NDP Cheri DiNovo in Ottawa detailing the need for a province wide enforcement of the "3 Foot Passing Law". The by-law would require leaving at least three feet of space between a car and a bike while passing. We posted about it on bikewindsor.com last week here. Of course, the bill was met with opposition. Here in the city, someone wrote a letter to the editor of the Star, claiming that following this rule would be impossible to enforce and follow. Some choice phrases from the letter are...
Certainly, the roads have become more congested here, and it makes no sense that Wynne would throw her support behind a bill that will be impossible to enforce... Move over three feet on most streets to accommodate a bike and you'll either cut off a vehicle travelling parallel, or end up swerving into oncoming traffic. Slow to a crawl so a bike can pass and you'll cause a chain reaction of fender benders. It's an accident waiting to happen... Other streets don't lend themselves to a makeover, and they simply should not be used by cyclists... If this bill passes, it will put drivers in a position where they have no choice but to break the law... They must not ride on streets that are too tight to simultaneously accommodate vehicles and bikes. It's dangerous and foolish to try...
Regular bikewindsor reader Luke Weiler wrote a response to the Star; continue reading to find out what he said...

May 28-30 will be some busy days for biking in Windsor. The Ontario Lung Association Bike Trek has charity rides with three distances: 25km, 100km, and 200km. The 25km goes from Windsor to River Canard, the 100km ride goes from Leamington Marina to St. Clair College,...

People keep telling me that Windsor isn't a cycling city. "This isn't Vancouver, people here don't ride their bikes". "This is the automotive capital of Canada, not the cycling capital". "Don't expect many people to participate in Bike To Work Week". Yet, whenever I am out...

I know these are late, but it's better than never! _____________________________________________________ WBC Meeting, May 11, 2010 Bike To Work, June 7 – 12: handout from Jason. June 11th date added- BASF, and minor adjustment to budget- only $1750 is needed. Need two more locations- SOUTH and EAST. Maybe at Walmart. Sign will go right at Charles Clark Square. Two large BBQs are needed as well. Mark’s is available. Volunteers needed for the Saturday of the bike draw- Kari, Tristan. We’ve got a tent, either from Xtreme Motions, or the committee’s tent. Delegate to the committee: Robert Cosma and his daughter talk about how she was hit while exiting a car on Ottawa Street by a cyclist riding on the sidewalk. The rider also had headphones on. He’s been told by the police that the law against bikes on the sidewalk is unenforceable. The city is risking being sued. The city by-law needs to be more defined. Need to define what a bicycle is. 21” tires and under are allowed on the sidewalk. He’s re-written the by-law and is going to make a suggestion to the city. He looked into many other municipal by-laws. Should it be by age? Wheel size? He would like the WBC to make a recommendation to the city. Rick says the police department has claimed bad PR as reason for not enforcing this by-law. Maybe we should bring this to the province, since this is a provincial law, as well. Just like with the noise emission by-law, the city will probably not revise the by-law, since it’s known that there isn’t enough by-law enforcement. Chas says we need to mention money, that’s the way something will get done. Sub-committee to look over the by-laws, and then take re-write to Dwight Duncan. Jason mentions that some people really don’t feel safe on the road- there are just as many incidents involving bikes on the road, then on the sidewalk. This project would encourage police to enforce ALL laws involving bicycles. None of the BIAs asked for “no cyclists on sidewalks” signs (they didn’t want to pay for it). Paint signs on the sidewalk? Sub-committee formed, will report back to the group later on.