Transportation subcommittee puts brakes on Toscano’s bicycle-passing bill

Bike advocates may not be too pleased with the General Assembly’s Transportation Subcommittee. Today, Delegate David Toscano’s House Bill 1683—which proposed a 3′ minimum passing distance between a car and a bike, up from 2’—was tabled by a vote.

Current law states that any driver overtaking a bicycle traveling in the same direction "shall pass at a reasonable speed at least two feet." That law was questioned last year, after a UVA graduate student died as a result of a collision with a city utility truck at the intersection of West Main and Fourth streets. To read more about the response to the accident, click here and here.

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