Friday, February 11, 2011

Another reason for three feet passing bill

We happened across this news article about a cyclist who was struck by a motorist while riding in Stuarts Draft, Virginia:
Virginia State Police say a 55-year-old man was skimmed by a pickup truck in Stuarts Draft February 4. Police say the man was riding a bicycle on Stuarts Draft Highway when the side mirror of a passing truck struck his arm, and the mirror broke off the truck. The bicycle rider was not seriously hurt, but police say the truck kept driving.
This is the first time I've heard the term "skimmed" used in this way. I've always heard the term "buzzed" used when a motorist passes too close to a cyclist. It's also interesting that the "truck kept driving." I didn't realize that driverless vehicles were in production.

As we mentioned earlier, the three feet passing bill (SB 928) passed the Senate and will be heard in the House next week. Your help is needed to ensure passage.

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Skimmed.. I guess it's better than being creamed?

Yes, drivers don't seem to be blamed very often. I'm sure we'll hear next that they find the driver and he "didn't notice" his mirror was "damaged by the cyclist" and the police will apologize for bothering him.

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