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House kills Reeves' bill on following bicycles

House kills Reeves' bill on following bicycles

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The House of Delegates has voted down a bill that originally would have required motorists to give cyclists, mopeds and “animal-drawn vehicles” a little more room.

On a 42-55 vote, the House rejected Sen. Bryce Reeves’ bill. They had previously rejected a similar House bill.

Reeves’ bill was originally pretty specific, spelling out the distance — three feet — that motor vehicles had to give when passing a bike, moped or animal-drawn vehicle.

By the time a House committee amended it last week, it only said that a vehicle shouldn’t follow another vehicle more closely than was reasonable and prudent.

In a press release, a group of cycling organizations said Reeves’ bill “simply would have added bicycles to the list of vehicles that cannot be tailgated” and criticized the House of Delegates for killing all bicycle-related legislation this year, two years before Richmond is due to host the World Road Cycling Championships.

“The vast majority of other states have these laws, and once again, Virginia is being left behind due to a stagnant, outdated House of Delegates and their backwards view on universal vehicular safety” said Michael Gilbert of RideRichmond.




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