Last Push — Contact Your Legislators!

17 Feb

The efforts of those dedicated souls who spend countless hours, year after year, at the General Assembly trying to get bicycle-friendly legislation passed are very close to paying off big time this year.

Bills along these lines have been introduced many times in the past only to die in committee.  This time there is a good chance we could get three important bike-friendly laws passed!  You can help make it happen by contacting your state senator and delegate.

Here’s the scoop from the VBF site:

SB 97, three foot passing: would require motorists to leave three feet of clearance while passing people on bikes — in line with the 22 other states plus DC that have a minimum passing distance.

SB 225, dooring:  “No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the side adjacent to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so.”  This would make it illegal to open a car door into the path of a cyclist.

HB 82, following too closely:  would make it illegal for motorists to tailgate non-motorized vehicles — including people on bikes — as well as other motor vehicles.

We can get these bills passed, but we need your help.  Please contact your legislators immediately, and ask them to support these bills.  To make this easy, our friends at WABA have provided a ready-made, automated email.  Go there now.

 

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