2011 VBF Legislative Platform

With the 2011 Session of the Virginia General Assembly in high gear, the VBF met with cyclists across the state to discuss legislation effecting cyclists and pedestrians.  Based on these discussions, the VBF will take the following positions on introduced legislation: 

Bills related to following to close and passing cyclists,

The VBF supports with amendments: 

SB 928,   Patron:  Sen. Ryan T. McDougle   (R) – Senate District 4 

HB1683, Patron:  Delegate David J. Toscano   (D) – House District 57 

HB2194, Patron:  Delegate Adam P. Ebbin   (D) – House District 49 

Bills related to the  Reckless Driving,

the VBF supports

HB1993, Patron: Delegate Bill Janis   (R) – House District 56

Bills related to the  use of handheld personal communications devices while operating certain vehicles, 

the VBF supports  

HB1404, Patron: Delegate Algie T. Howell, Jr.   (D) – House District 90   

Bills related to traffic lights,

the VBF supports

 HB1981, Patron: Delegate Thomas A. Greason   (R) – House District 32

HB1991,  Patron:  Delegate Bill Janis   (R) – House District 56

Bills related to permitting hunting on Sunday,

the VBF opposes

SB850, Patron:  Senator J. Chapman Petersen   (D) – Senate District 34

Bills related to the  Route 1 Corridor,

the VBF supports, with amendments

HJ603, Patron: Delegate Scott A. Surovell   (D) – House District 44 

Bills related to the  Transportation Infrastructure Bank,

 the VBF supports with amendments 

HB1582, Patron: Delegate John A. Cosgrove   (R) – House District 78

Bills related  to general powers and duties of the Commonwealth Transportation Board

 the VBF supports with amendments 

HB1957, Patron: Delegate Thomas Davis Rust   (R) – House District 86

SB1135,  Patron: Senator Frank W. Wagner   (R) – Senate District 7

For details on how to contact your Delegate or Senator, click here.

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  • HB 1683 will be heard in House Transportation Subcommittee #2 shortly after 7:00 AM on Wednesday, January 19. The Subcommittee #2 members are delegates Carrico (Chairman), Oder, Garrett, Cox, J.A., Cleaveland, Ward, Carr. This bill will die in subcommittee unless a majority of the member delegates present vote to report HB 1683 to the full Transportation Committee.

    If your delegate is listed above, please call or email his or her office TODAY (January 18) to ask them to support this bill in subcommittee.

    Before 7 AM tomorrow, state delegates and senators can still endorse HB 1683 by signing on as a co-patron. Please call or email your legislators today with that request.

  • I assume the opposition to the “hunting on Sundays” bill is related to biking-in-woods safety concerns? Or is there something else I’m missing?

  • @Matt – yes. Let’s be clear that we’re not taking anything away from hunters. They already have the other six days of the week to do their thing. Everyone else should be able to keep their one a day a week to enjoy the woods without worrying about getting shot.

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