Friday, February 1, 2013

Bicycle Action Day summary and photos

Bicycle Action Day was held on January 29 in Richmond. The purpose was to show support for bicycle legislation being considered in the Virginia legislature. Ride Richmond sponsored the event and recently published a recap including several photos. Several Northern Virginia legislators were present including Delegates Keam, Lopez, and Peterson and Senator Favola.

Arlington Patch also reported on the event:
About 15 bicyclists — members of RideRichmond, a nonprofit organization of bicycle enthusiasts, and their supporters – met on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus and biked to the General Assembly building to demonstrate support for legislation that would require drivers to give bicycles more room on the road.

“Many cyclists are also drivers. We’re not just a special interest group, and we’re not here to talk about an ‘us vs. them’ mentality … We believe cycling is a nonpartisan issue that simply makes sense,” RideRichmond co-founder Michael Gilbert added.

The group praised the work of Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, along with Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, and Del. Alfonso Lopez, D–Arlington, all of whom have bills that target specific issues bicyclists face in their daily rides or commutes.

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