To better protect cyclists who are travelling on B.C.’s roads, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is reminding everyone that the fine for “dooring” is about to go up.
The new fine for anyone who opens the door of a parked car when it is not reasonably safe to do so (known as “dooring”) will be $368 as of Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.
Dooring is a common safety issue for cyclists in all communities throughout the province. The higher fine is about quadruple the current fine of $81. It will help increase safety by making drivers more aware of how opening their car door unsafely can seriously injure an approaching cyclist. At the same time, a public education and awareness campaign is being launched.
Increasing safety and helping reduce cycling collisions is an initiative of Move. Commute. Connect., B.C.’s Active Transportation Strategy. The strategy is part of CleanBC, a plan to help transform how people move around, while encouraging more active transportation in communities.
CleanBC is a pathway to a more prosperous, balanced and sustainable future. CleanBC was developed in collaboration with the BC Green Party caucus and Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, and supports the commitment in the Confidence and Supply Agreement to implement climate action to meet B.C.'s emission targets.
- B.C. has the highest percentage of active transportation trips for commuting to work out of all the provinces.
- In 2019, 10% of people who commuted to work in the province used active transportation.
- 33% of school aged children primarily used active transportation and 8% of all college and university students commuted using active modes of transportation.
- B.C.’s Active Transportation Strategy seeks to double the percentage of trips taken by active transportation by 2030.
The B.C. government’s Active Transportation website: https://gov.bc.ca/active-transportation
Move. Commute. Connect., B.C.’s Active Transportation Strategy: https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/active/