The Virginia Senate Transportation Committee will consider two bicycle-related bills this afternoon, Wed., Jan., 23. We need you to respectfully ask the Senate Transportation Committee members to:
- Support SB 1060, introduced by Senator Reeves, which would prohibit motorists from rear-ending or side-swiping bicyclists (i.e., following bicyclists too closely or passing bicyclists with less than a 3-foot gap).
- Oppose SB 731, introduced by Senator Carrico, which would prohibit riding mopeds on highways with speed limits above 35 miles per hour. If moped riding is banned, bicycling may be next!
You can identify and contact your state legislators from the Who’s My Legislator page.
If your senator is listed below, call or email them directly. Constituent calls really matter. Otherwise, you can call or email all three committee members from Northern Virginia or bulk email the entire 14-member committee by simply copying the email addresses on this page and pasting them into your email’s “to:” field.
Senate Transportation Committee Members from Northern Virginia:
- Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st District), (804) 698-7531, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Sen. Dave Marsden (D-37th District), (804) 698-7537, <email@example.com>
- Sen. Chuck Colgan (D-29th District), (804) 698-7529, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thank you for acting on very short notice to improve bicycling in Virginia. Unfortunately, bills move swiftly in the Virginia General Assembly, and we learned only yesterday afternoon that these bill would be heard today. If the Senate Transportation Committee reports these bill today, they will be considered by the full Senate in just a few days. Please check our blog for regular updates. We’ll try not too email you too frequently.
Due to the response to our recent action alerts, the Virginia Senate has already passed SB 736 (which prohibits dooring), whereas the House Transportation Committee has passed HB 1950 (which prohibits rear-ending bicyclists) with a 20-1 vote.