Friday, February 12, 2010

Virginia House Legislature Vote Tomorrow

For any locals who ride in VA, a bill is up for vote tomorrow to increase the passing distance of cars to bicyclists to three feet, following what several other states have already approved. Feel free to contact your representative and ask him/her to vote yes on HB 1048. Below is the language to be approved.

§ 46.2-839. Passing bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, moped, animal, or animal-drawn vehicle.

Any driver of any vehicle overtaking a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, moped, animal, or animal-drawn vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass at a reasonable speed at least two three feet to the left of the overtaken bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, moped, animal, or animal-drawn vehicle and shall not again proceed to the right side of the highway until safely clear of such overtaken bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, moped, animal, or animal-drawn vehicle.

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