Canadian pro cyclist Ellen Watters, 28, died Wednesday five days after being hit by a car while on a training ride near her home in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada.
“It’s very difficult to find the right way to share news that is so important and so terrible for so many people. Ellen no longer had any brain function when the excellent and very kind doctors examined her this afternoon. She was surrounded by family, and so many dear friends, over the past few days, and has received more support than I could have imagined.
Ellen was truly an awesome force. Everyone who knew Ellen was better off for it. She shared joy with everyone she knew, and took joy in sharing her love and positivity around her.
Because of the manner of her passing, she is a candidate for organ donations. The silver lining of this tragic time is that she is able to bring hope and motivation to even more people.
We hope that we can channel some of Ellen’s fantastic energy, and use it to improve the safety conditions for cyclists on our roadways.We would ask everyone to spread awareness of the necessity of cyclist advocacy, and to contact their local politicians to help get changes made.
We will not be holding a memorial or funeral service at this time. We will be planning to do so later, when we have had a chance to process this tragedy, and can better celebrate her brilliant spirit and wonderful life. Please keep Ellen with you when you need someone to go for a quiet walk with, or to meet for a coffee, or to kick your butt and get you out for a ride. Please know that she’ll be there as much as you need her, just like she always has been.” –Lily Vishus Viscous Watters
Watters’ cycling team and friends hope to bring a new one-meter passing rule called “Ellen’s Law” to New Brunswick. A similar law, which has been in effect in Ontario since 2015, requires motorists to maintain a distance of just over three feet when passing a cyclist, or face a $110 fine and two license demerit points.
Cyclists can remember Ellen Watters and show their support for her family through the “Love for Ellen” GoFundMe campaign.
In many states in the United States motorists must give a cyclist one meter or (3 feet) when passing a cyclist. In our opinion this should be the law in every country where there are cyclists! Is there a safe passing law where you live?