Virginia House Bill 1683 would increase the minimum bicycle passing distance from two feet to three feet.
Current law in Virginia already mandates that vehicles must give at least two feet of space when passing bicycles and other slow transportation modes. If approved and signed into law, HB 1683 will change that to three feet.
Other provisions in Virginia HB 1683:
- Change tailgating law to apply to all vehicles, not just “motor vehicles.”
- Change wording of passing distance law so that it applies only to motor vehicles — in other words, bicycles would be exempt from three foot passing clearance.
The state house transportation subcommittee apparently plans to consider this bill on Wednesday morning, and Virginia cycling advocates encourage you to contact committee members today. More at Bike Charlottesville.