Update on Dooring Bill

17 Jan

Below is the most recent update from Michael Gilbert, who’s been doing a lot to represent cyclists this legislative session:

SB736, the dooring bill, passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee today 8 (yes) to 5 (no). This is a victory, but the battle is not over. In particular, Senator Watkins showed strong resistance to this common sense bill that benefits all vehicles. If you are his constituent (listed below) please contact him and ask very politely for his support for this bill. Many people in his district bike. He needs to know this is important to his constituents and they will support him on this issue. Please take 2 minutes and send him an email. A sample email is included below.
Senator John Watkins (R-Chesterfield, Richmond)
Phone:
Email:
Map of District:
List of Areas He Represents:
Small amount of Richmond:
Maymont
Byrd Park
Randolph
Oregon Hill
Monroe Ward:
-West of 2nd Street to Harrison Street
-Broad Street, bordered by 2nd and Harrison
-Monroe Ward
-VCU Campus
Lots of Chesterfield County
Powhatan
Aston
Midlothian
Roseland
Charter Colony
The Grove
Stony Point
Huguenot
Bon Air
Powhite Park
Worthington
Warwick
Jahnke
Gravel Hill
Chippenham Forest
Swanson
Forrest View
Westover
Forrest Hill Terrace


Sample Email:
 

Senator Watkins,

As one of your constituents who drives both a motor vehicle and bicycle, I want to take a moment and ask you to please support Senator Petersen’s SB736. This bill applies to, and benefits all vehicles, not just cyclists. I was very surprised to learn that this was not already law, and that 45 other states have a version of this already enacted. That tells me this is near nationally recognized vehicular safety issue. Vehicular safety is not only important to me as your constituent, it’s important to all citizens of our beautiful Commonwealth. Please vote in favor of this bill.

Sincerely,
NAME
NEIGHBORHOOD
CITY, VA

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One Response to “Update on Dooring Bill”

  1. womencyclists January 19, 2013 at 6:11 AM #

    Good Luck!!!!

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