Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Progress on dooring and 3 foot passing bills

Virginia Bicycling Federation filed the following report on the dooring and 3 foot passing bills:
Senate Bill 736 (the Dooring bill) was reported out of the House Trans SubComm2 this morning by a 4-2 vote, after a motion to Table by Del. Garrett of Lynchburg, seconded by the Chair Del. Cox of Hanover failed by the same vote.

The bill now goes on to the full House Transportation Committee, where it will be heard next Tuesday, 1/2 hour after adjournment, which is usually about 2:15 – 2:30.

Thanks to all who weighed in by contacting committee members, and all will be asked to weigh in over the weekend, as we are getting close to getting this bill passed.

Senate Bill 1060/Reeves (3 foot passing and don’t follow too closely) has now been assigned to House Trans SubComm2, where it will be heard next Wednesday, 2/13 at 7:00 a.m.
Unfortunately SB959, the bill that would allow local jurisdictions to place STOP signs at marked crosswalks, which we think would add confusion to existing code which requires motorists to yield to pedestrians and cyclists at marked crosswalks, was voted out of the House Transportation subcommittee by a vote of 6-0.

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