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Proposed VA Legislation Addresses Cyclist Safety

Posted: Updated: Jan 29, 2013 08:39 PM EST

The wheels are turning in Richmond this session to make things safer for cyclists on Virginia's roads.

Several pieces of legislation from lawmakers in both parties seek to address safety concerns for bikers. Democratic Senator Chap Petersen's bill, Senate Bill 736, would institute a small fine for just swinging a car door into oncoming traffic.

Republican Senator Bryce Reeves is also proposing legislation, Senate Bill 1060, to prevent drivers from following bikers too closely. The bill would extend the minimum distance allowed between two vehicles, including bikes and mopeds.

But Reeves' bill faces an uphill climb. Similar legislation proposed by Del. Alfonso Lopez died in the House of Delegates this week.

Both bills passed the Senate, and will go to the house next week.

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