Bike Friendly Bill Going Into Effect

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV) -- Drivers will need to pay more attention to cyclists on the road starting in July.

Senate Bill 97 increases the space needed when passing bicycles with your car from 2 to 3 feet. The bill goes into effect on July 1.

Harrisonburg is already known as a bike friendly city because of the many bike lanes. Scott Wootten, an employee at Shenandoah Bicycle, regularly bikes to work with his dog running beside him. He knows that more space will not only keep him safe, but his dog Fflur as well, "It's a cyclists right to ride on those roads just as much as it is a motorist's rights to be on those roads and we have to be able to ride and drive together."

His advice for staying safe on the roads is to wear a helmet, make yourself seen and to always abide by the law.


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