Your letters for Tuesday, June 28: Brexit and bicycles
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By Ish Theilheimer and others, Ottawa Citizen Letters to the Editor, June 28, 2016

We all pay for the roads, drivers

Re: Ottawa police to drivers: Beware the one-metre bike rule, June 21.

I was surprised by the negative reaction of drivers in Ottawa to Ontario’s new law requiring that drivers give cyclists one metre of room when passing. This seems like common sense and good manners.Some drivers are complaining that cyclists are using roads they think they paid for with fuel taxes. Drivers who think this need a reality check.

A 2008 Transport Canada study showed that all the gas taxes, fuel fees, licence fees and vehicle charges cover barely one-third of the $40.4 billion spent at that time on road building and maintenance. The figures for that year are typical.