Wednesday, January 27, 2010

3-foot passing distance

From a WABA Action Alert sent out on Tuesday:
We need your support today to help pass bicycle-friendly legislation in the Virginia House of Delegates. House Bill 1048 would change the minimum distance for passing a bicyclist to three feet, from the current two feet. Fifteen other states now have three feet to pass laws. HB 1048 also prohibits a motorist from following a bicyclist too closely, to prevent harassment by tailgating.

This bill will be heard in House Transportation Subcommittee 2 on Wednesday morning [didn't happen] so time is of the essence. Please call Delegate Tom Rust (R-Herndon) to express your support for the bill. His office number is 804-698-1086.

For more information on this, and other bicycle-related legislation proposed in the Virginia legislature, please visit our friends at the Virginia Bicycling Federation at
According to the latest legislative update from VBF, HB 1086 has not yet been hear in the House Transportation Committee. We just called Delegate Rust and we suggest other cyclists do as well.

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