Lawmakers Consider Virginia Cyclist Safety Bills

By: Charles House II Email
By: Charles House II Email

Virginia may again drive by an opportunity to keep cyclists safe. Two bills concerning bike safety have been considered by the Virginia Senate.

The first bill would have made opening your door into the path of a bicycle, or dooring, illegal. It did not pass, making Virginia one of only ten states to not outlaw dooring.

The second bill would increase the minimum distance between a moving vehicle and a bicycle from two to three feet.

"It's really important that motorists give enough space to cyclists, because most motorists don't realize the discrepency of speed, weight, and how easy it is for a car to lightly touch a cyclist and cause serious damage," said Kyle Lawrence, a Board Member of the Shenandoah Bicycle Coalition.

The three-feet bill has passed through the Senate and will now be taken before the House Transportation Committee.


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