One Last Push

18 Feb

The Virginia Bicycling Federation is asking for one last shout-out to your House delegate regarding SB1060.  This bill is going to be voted on by the House of Delegates early this week.  A 3-foot passing provision was taken out (now the law in VA is 2 feet, in many other states it is 3), but what remains is a law against following a bicyclist (or other slower vehicles) too close.  Given that a number of cyclists who have been killed recently were hit from behind, this could hopefully help raise some awareness.  Please follow the link above for details about the bill and how to contact your delegate.  It would be nice to come out of this legislative session with at least one bicycle-friendly bill passing!

Catching Up on Good Stuff

Lest it seem that cycling is all laws and accidents, there are a number of great things happening that I’ve put off posting about…

• Richmond has another blog devoted to cycling in the River CityRide RVA.  Some recent posts have included some info sure to be of interest to local businesses.  Societé 2015 is an effort of the Richmond 2015 to get local businesses in the loop and mobilized with regard to promoting the races and benefiting from them.  Local business owners will also be happy to know that they can now request a bike rack from the city.  See the Ride RVA post here for more details.

Rag and Bones Bike Co-Op has found a new home in Scott’s Addition!  They are now located at 3110 West Leigh Street.  Hours are Tuesday 5-9 p.m. and Saturday 1-5 p.m.  You can also contact the head mechanic to make an appointment if those times don’t work.  They have a full range of tools and can help you fix your bike.  You can also purchase used bikes or build one up yourself.

• The scope is much broader than cycling, but Venture Richmond has launched a new site promoting the Richmond riverfront and canal walk.  It includes information on the Capital Trail and mountain biking trails along the James.

• Mary Munford Elementary School won a Safe Routes to School grant that will pay for improved cross walks and sidewalks as well as warning lights.  The program also covers improvements to make cycling to school safer and easier.  Although the most recent federal transportation bill eliminated separate SRTS funding, it appears that the program still exists.  See the SRTS site for more details.

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