McDougle bill to increase safe passing distance for cyclists
February 16th, 2011 9:09 am ET
The bill recently passed in the Senate with a 40-0 vote. It would in effect increase the minimum passing distance mandatory for cars passing bicycles from two feet to three feet.
Sounds like a pretty noncontroversial issue, doesn’t it?
Well, it would be but one of our old friends in the House, Del. John A. Cox (R-Hanover), thinks that two feet is just fine as a safe passing distance. Thus, the bill might not stand such a good chance of passing if the House transportation subcommittee has there say.
The issue has become a partisan battle between cyclist-rights advocates and those who, well, don’t cycle.
Hanover County in particular has two long-distance bicycling routes that pass through it, one from Virginia to Oregon and the other from Maine to Florida.
Personally, I ride my bike a lot of places so I’m in favor of extending legislation favoring cyclists. There does need to be a greater understanding of the rights that cyclists have, however, and the rules that cyclists need to obey.
But to call for a ban on the rights of cyclists? That’s absurd. Cyclists share the road, why can’t drivers?