FrameWork Racing welcomes new legislation today that will help protect team members and others who love to cycle in Nova Scotia.
Bill 93 was officially put into action to crack down on motor vehicles that fail to leave enough distance when passing cyclists on roadways. Drivers must now stay at least one metre away.
“Sharing the road safely is for everyone’s protection,” said FrameWork Racing team director Bill Goldston who operates the Sydney-based FrameWork Cycle & Fitness. “Bill 93 means our team, as well as the Cape Breton Barbarians Triathlon Club and others in the province, can train or ride the roads without worrying so much about having to compete for room.”
“Many people come into my shop describing their anxieties when cycling certain roads or have said they’ve been nearly hit by cars or trucks driving too close, or too fast, or just too aggressively by yelling, cursing or honking at cyclists. So this new law will at least give police the tools to crack down on drivers who make it unsafe for cyclists.”
FrameWork Racing is one of several competitive teams who regularly competes in this province and elsewhere as a member of Bicycle Nova Scotia. Members of all ages and skill levels in the BNS circuit represent internationally as well as train on provincial streets for the international pro circuit.
One local Sydney cyclist and member of FrameWork Racing finished in eighth spot Monday after a grueling, mountainous, three day international racing event in Vermont, competing alone against a field of pro and semi-pro riders and other provincial cyclists. Ambrose Delaney, 50, who shows no sign of wear, is now en route to represent Cape Breton in Quebec at the international Charlevoix Grand Prix Cycliste in Baie-Saint-Paul.
Mr. Goldston said the new law hopefully will produce a lot more top athletes like Delaney for the team because more will be out cycling or not so fearful to try.
“Cycling is there for everyone to enjoy and this law just makes it more welcoming to venture out,” he said.