The first month and a half of Ellen’s law

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Dec. 23 While out on a train­ing ride on a clear af­ter­noon, Ellen Wat­ters, 28, is hit by a Volk­swa­gen Golf near Sus­sex, N.B. She had been vis­it­ing fam­ily over the hol­i­days. In Oc­to­ber, the promis­ing pro was signed to Colavita/bianchi. Dec. 26 Wat­ters’ sis­ter Lily posts the fol­low­ing mes­sage on Face­book: “At this time, Ellen is still sta­ble and re­ceiv­ing res­pi­ra­tory sup­port. How­ever, given her in­juries and the re­sults of scans and ob­ser­va­tion over the past few days, we do not an­tic­i­pate a re­cov­ery. This news is truly heart­break­ing for me to have to share. Ellen’s in­cred­i­ble strength and tenac­ity make this all the more dif­fi­cult to take in.” Dec. 28 Wat­ters dies as a re­sult of the in­juries she sus­tained five days ear­lier. cbc re­ports that Wat­ters’ mother re­mem­bered her daugh­ter once say­ing if she “had to die for the roads to be safer for other cy­clists, then [she] would be OK with that.” A cam­paign to in­state a one-me­tre law in New Brunswick gets un­der­way. It’s called Ellen’s law. Jan. 1 Roughly 100 sup­port­ers of Ellen’s law have a rally in Monc­ton, N.B. Jan. 6 Velo NB, Saint John Cy­cling and Folks on Spokes Fredericton is­sue a call for sig­na­tures for their pe­ti­tion in sup­port of pro­posed changes to the provin­cial Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Act. Jan. 9 Saint John city coun­cil en­dorses Ellen’s law. Jan. 12 Mem­bers of Saint John Cy­cling and Folks on Spokes Fredericton meet with mem­bers of the provin­cial gov­ern­ment. Wayne Ar­row­smith of Saint John Cy­cling says, “It was a very pos­i­tive meet­ing and con­firmed that all are com­mit­ted to mov­ing this leg­is­la­tion for­ward.” Jan. 16 Sup­port­ers of Ellen’s law wear hel­mets at a Monc­ton city coun­cil meet­ing as a res­o­lu­tion sup­port­ing the law passes unan­i­mously. Jan. 17 The City of Ed­mund­ston en­dorses Ellen’s law. Jan. 27 Premier Brian Gal­lant’s gov­ern­ment announces it has plans to change the prov­ince’s Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Act dur­ing the up­com­ing ses­sion. “Leg­is­la­tion ex­pected to be in­tro­duced dur­ing this sit­ting in­cludes changes to the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Act to im­prove the safety of cy­clists and re­in­force the im­por­tance of shar­ing the road,” says a gov­ern­ment re­lease. Feb. 10 A nor’easter storm de­lays Ellen’s law pro­posal in New Brunswick leg­is­la­ture. Feb. 16 The bill con­tain­ing Ellen’s law is in­tro­duced in leg­is­la­ture.

Ellen Wat­ters at BC Su­per­week 2016

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