Friends in Virginia – I would consider it a great personal favor if you could take the time to 1) act on this yourself, and 2) pass this along to your friends. We’ve got a real shot at making this happen. It’s not a magic bullet that will make everything better, but it’s a *substantial* step forward in the effort to make roads a safe place for all users. This isn’t national politics where we are but one of a million voices on an issue – your call or email to a Delegate *will* make a difference. Just last week a chorus of voices helped bring a critical vote to our side. We can do it again.
As we reported yesterday, SB 928, the three feet passing bill, was passedunanimously by the Senate on Monday. It’s now headed to the House, where it must get through committee and then a full House vote.
This bill increases the minimum passing distance from 2′ to 3′ for motorists passing bicycles, and adds bicycles to the list of vehicles that a motorist shall not follow more closely than is reasonable (prohibits aggressive tailgating of bicycles).
It may be heard in committee as early as Thursday morning, Feb. 10; or it could be heard by the full Transportation Committee next Tuesday morning, Feb. 15.
Please write to your delegates now, and ask them to support SB 928 — especially if your delegate is one of the committee members listed below.
The Who’s My Legislator page will tell you who your delegate is.
BikeWalk Virginia has posted an alert too, along with a sample letter.
May, Joe T. /Loudon 804 698-1033
Oder, G. Glenn/Newport News — PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT
Carrico, Charles W., Sr. /Galax 804 698-1005
Cosgrove, John A./Chesapeake 804 698-1078
Rust, Thomas Davis/Herndon 804 698-1086
Hugo, Timothy D./Fairfax 804 698-1040 firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott, Edward T./Culpeper 804 698-1030
Tata, Robert/VaBeach 804 698-1085 email@example.com
Villanueva, Ronald A./VaBeach 804 698-1021
Comstock, Barbara J./Fairfax 804 698-1034
Garrett, T. Scott/Lynchburg 804 698-1023
Cox, John A./Hanover 804 698-1055
Cleaveland, William H./Roanoke 804 698-1017
Habeeb, Gregory D.
Ward, Jeion A./Hampton 804 698-1092
Ebbin, Adam P./Arlington 804 698-1049
BaCote, Mamye E./Newport News 804 698-1095
Brink, Robert H./Arlington 804 698-1048
Toscano, David J./Charlottesville 804 698-1057
McQuinn, Delores L./Richmond 804 698-1070
Carr, Betsy B./Richmond 804 698-1069
Filler-Corn, Eileen/Fairfax 804 698-1041