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New Bill Calls for More Room for Bikes

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - You may have to watch how close you drive near bike riders.

A new bill before the General Assembly would change how much room you should give.

Braden Govoni bikes to and from work through Richmond every day and he never feels entirely safe on the roads.

"At least once a ride, someone is well within two feet. And it's pretty unnerving," he says.

A bill before the General Assembly might help. It would require drivers to give bike riders more room as they pass.

Currently the law in Virginia allows for two feet of passing room. Two feet isn't a lot to work with, so the new law would move that to three feet, giving the bike rider and driver a lot to work with.

Senator Bryce Reeves from Fredericksburg has tried to pass this before. It's been tough because even supporters say it's a tough law to hold drivers to.

"Unless there's a plan on law enforcement to actually enforce it, what good is the law?" he says.

22 other states enforce similar measures and supporters say the law encourages non-riders to give bicycling a shot. And the more riders there are, the safer they can be.

"Unless you're being constantly reminded that you're sharing a road with other types of cars, it's easy to forget," Govoni says.

The bill has already passed through committee and should be voted on in the next few weeks.

 

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