Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Action Alert: 3 Ft Passing needs to be the law in Virginia - call your Delegate NOW!

Yes, my representative Matt Lohr voted against HB 1048

I am going to call him and request that he reconsider supporting the 3 Ft. Passing Law wihen the Senate version comes his way - SB 566

For the most up to date Bicycle Advocacy info for Virginia visit www.vabike.org - the Virginia Bicycling Federation

We need you to follow up based on how your Delegates voted on HB 1048
-- please post action alert on your club website, forum, facebook page and/or blog --

If they voted "YEAS" - please thank them and ask for continued support for SB 566

If they voted "NAYS" - please ask them to reconsider and support SB 566 and have a good reason why;
story of getting hit, safety concerns riding with your kid in a trailer, or my personal one - It hurts bicycle tourism in our state because Virginia is not on par with the industry standard and cyclists only want to travel and ride in places they feel safe.

HB 1048 Motor vehicles; increases passing distance when approaching bicycles, etc.

floor: 02/15/10 House: VOTE: --- ENGROSSMENT (43-Y 54-N)

YEAS--Abbott, Alexander, Armstrong, BaCote, Barlow, Brink, Bulova, Carr, Cox, J.A., Dance, Ebbin, Englin, Herring, Hope, Iaquinto, James, Joannou, Johnson, Keam, Kory, LeMunyon, Lewis, McClellan, McQuinn, Miller, P.J., Morrissey, Oder, Phillips, Plum, Scott, J.M., Shuler, Sickles, Spruill, Stolle, Surovell, Tata, Torian, Toscano, Tyler, Villanueva, Ward, Ware, O., Watts--43.

NAYS--Abbitt, Albo, Anderson, Athey, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Byron, Carrico, Cleaveland, Cline, Cole, Comstock, Cosgrove, Cox, M.K., Crockett-Stark, Edmunds, Garrett, Gear, Gilbert, Greason, Griffith, Hugo, Ingram, Janis, Jones, Kilgore, Knight, Landes, Lingamfelter, Lohr, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Massie, May, Merricks, Miller, J.H., Morefield, Morgan, Nixon, Nutter, O'Bannon, Orrock, Peace, Pogge, Poindexter, Purkey, Putney, Rust, Scott, E.T., Sherwood, Ware, R.L., Wright, Mr. Speaker--54.
NOT VOTING--Howell, A.T., Pollard--2

keep your eye on www.vabike.org for a more postable action alert

reminder of the situation from yesterdays email -

Status update of - making the roads safer for us to ride our mountain bikes to the local trails
Request - changing the law from requiring 2ft. as the distance needed to pass a bicycle to 3ft
15 states including - Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire, and Utah have the 3 ft. law

the Senate PASSED SB 566 - 3 ft. passing rule recently

the House version was HB 1048 - 3 ft. passing + following to closely FAILED to pass today

the Senate version will come in front of the house next week
we are not sure how this will go..
ie- is the house just against it outright?
or - was the House just against the "following too closely" portion
or - was the House aware that the Senate version was was going to come their way and they just killed their own version?

either way, the Virginia Bicycling Federation will be sending out list of who voted which way
at that point we need to contact our delegates in the House to either thank or ask for their support

from the Virginia Bicycling Federation (below)

HB 1048/Three foot Passing & following too closely FAILED by a 54 - 43
vote to be engrossed and reported forward, which means it is dead for
this session.

Delegates Cosgrove & Carrico spoke against the bill, while Delegates
Toscano & Ward spoke for it.

Senate Bill 566 containing just Three Foot Passing is still alive, and
will be crossing over to the House Transportation Committee and then,
hopefully, to the Full House, in the near future.

As soon as the roll call voting is posted I will forward it along and
will urge everyone to contact their delegates expressing disappointment
if they voted Nay and thanking them if they voted For the bill.
Hopefully, we may be able to turn at least 6 or 7 votes around and get
SB 566 passed.

Thanks to everyone for their efforts so far. We came pretty close.


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