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“We asked Ellen to join The Cy­clery Rac­ing pro­gram as she had a great and unique style along with tal­ent. I was soon to learn I’d un­der­es­ti­mated both her tal­ent and im­mense per­son­al­ity. She had a huge pres­ence, and her warm and lov­ing per­sona was a con­tra­dic­tion to the war­rior she was in races. Ellen was a role model with an in­fec­tious smile, and her tragic loss brought the en­tire cy­cling community across Canada to­gether and gal­va­nized sup­port for #El­len­sLaw.”

Her mother, Nancy, told Global News that her daugh­ter re­marked about not feel­ing as safe on New Brunswick roads as she did while at a re­cent train­ing camp in Ari­zona, a state with a three-foot pass­ing law.

On­tario was the first Cana­dian prov­ince to en­act a one-me­tre law in 2015. Que­bec en­acted a law in the sum­mer of 2016 re­quir­ing ei­ther one or one-anda-half me­tres, de­pend­ing on the posted speed limit on a par­tic­u­lar road. Nova Sco­tia also has sim­i­lar leg­is­la­tion, and leg­is­la­tion is now pend­ing in B.C. To date, some 30 U.S. states have en­acted sim­i­lar (three-foot) laws.

“The ben­e­fits in safety and health to the pub­lic far out­weigh the few sec­onds that it takes for mo­torists to slow down and move over into the pass­ing lane,” said Wayne Ar­row­smith, chair of the Velo NB Ad­vo­cacy Com­mit­tee.

In mid-Fe­bru­ary, the New Brunswick leg­is­la­ture tabled an amend­ment to the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Act aimed at im­prov­ing safety for cy­clists. Un­der the pro­posed New Brunswick amend­ment, a driver of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle shall not pass a bi­cy­cle trav­el­ling in the same di­rec­tion un­less there is suf­fi­cient space to do so safely and the driver leaves at least one me­tre of open space be­tween the ve­hi­cle and the bi­cy­cle.

The amend­ment will be rec­og­nized as “An Act Re­spect­ing Ellen’s Law” in trib­ute to Wat­ters, who had the heart of a lion and will be sorely missed.

The 2016 Cy­clery-Opus

women’s team

Wat­ters had an amaz­ing per­sona.

The Cy­clery-Opus women’s

team at the GP Gatineau

#El­len­sLaw, first posted by the Saint John Cy­cling Club, be­came a mantra for safety across

Canada.

Wat­ters topped the Tour of Bat­tenkill podium in 2016.

Wat­ters won the 2016 Tour of

Som­merville.

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