Monday, February 23, 2015
2015 Legislative Session Recap from VBFTwo of the bike-related bills that were passed in this year's Virginia legislative session:
Following too closely - This bill changed a single word in existing law so that motorists are not allowed to follow too closely behind another vehicle, including a bicycle, not just another "motor" vehicle. If signed by the governor, the new law would not prevent a bicyclist from following another bicyclist closely as in a paceline.
Passing with a double yellow line - The law will allow a motorist to pass a bicyclist when there is a solid yellow line on their side of the road. The original bill was modified to apply to both a double yellow line or a single solid yellow line on the driver's side.
Here's the full recap from Virginia Bicycling Federation. Thanks to VBF for their hard word during this session, attending many early morning committee meetings to testify and track several pieces of bike-related legislation. A special thanks to VBF's Bud Vye for his work during the session and for providing periodic updates on the status of various bills.