Neighbors React to Bill that Would Affect Bicyclists

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Bikers in Virginia could soon have more distance between themselves and a car, thanks to a bill that passed in the General Assembly.

Martin Rhodes, who lives in Harrisonburg, rides his bike along with his family in Hillendale Park. Rhodes also commutes to work riding his bike, and appreciates the lengths the Commonwealth is going to to make roads safer for bikers.

Rhodes said he has been pushed off the road while pedaling on Route 42, because there wasn't enough space. The bill increases the distance from two to three feet between a vehicle and a bike, moped or animal-drawn vehicles.

The bill now heads to Governor Terry McAuliffe's desk. Rhodes said the possible change would make him feel safer on his bike and in his car.

"I feel a lot safer the more distance I have within the lane. I think we can share lanes well, but if there's more distance between us I think that's a positive development," said Rhodes.

Sergeant William Keller with Harrisonburg Police said it's enforceable when there's an accident.

Officers would investigate to determine whether a biker didn't have enough room or something else happened. Sergeant Keller said it's a "good law to educate people" about bike safety.


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