Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dooring bill fails to pass once again

Once again Sen. Chap Peterson's dooring bill, SB 97, was defeated in the House of Delegates Transportation subcommittee by a vote of 4-3. According to Virginia Bicycling Federation, the chairman of that committee, Delegate Garrett from Lynchburg, an M.D. "kept his record intact of NEVER supporting any bill that would benefit the bicyclists."

 See the Post article "Virginia House panel again shoots down bill to protect cyclists from ‘dooming’."
It is illegal in 40 states and the District of Columbia to open the door of your parked car into the path of a bicyclist. But in Virginia it remains perfectly fine, after the state House of Delegates again shot down a bill to prohibit “dooring” on Monday morning.

For the second year in a row, Fairfax City state Sen. Chap Petersen (D) championed the bill for a couple of reasons. One, to protect cyclists from suddenly slamming face first into the steel and glass of a car door. Two, to allow local police to assess some fault (and a $50 fine) so that insurance companies could not reject medical claims filed by injured cyclists on the basis that “no one was found at fault.”

Last year, the dooring bill passed the Senate but died in a tie vote in the House Transportation Committee. This is an issue of great interest in Northern Virginia, where more folks are riding bikes to work or using Capital Bikeshare to get around and having to coexist with our infamous traffic.

Labels: , ,


Post a Comment

Contact FABB via email: info@fabb-bikes.org

Subscribe to the
FABB e-newsletter

Subscribe to posts:
[Atom 1.0] or [RSS 2.0]

  Bike to Work Day 2015 at Wiehle Station

  Transportation choices

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?