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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
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
Watters topped the Tour of Battenkill podium in 2016.
Watters won the 2016 Tour of