Three Foot Passing Law in Virginia Begins July 1

image

Click the image to order these bumper stickers from Drive Smart Virginia.

Beginning July 1, Virginia’s roads will be safer with the adoption of a statewide three foot passing law. Current law requires that motorists pass people on bikes by only two feet.

The legislation was sponsored by Senator Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania: “Our ability to be able to work across the aisle and build relationships in a bipartisan manner allowed us to successfully get this commonsense legislation approved. Those that are active in the bicycling community—as well as my Republican and Democrat friends in both the House of Delegates and the Senate—were all part of making this legislation possible. I will continue to work very hard on areas where we can find common ground and consensus for the people of Virginia.”

Thanks go out to Senator Reeves, and cyclists across the state for their emails, phone calls and meetings with legislators. A special thanks goes to the VBF legislative team headed by Bud Vye who has been working tirelessly for nearly ten years to get this law changed.

Download and read the press release (PDF).

Help Complete Richmond Ride Center — Vote for the Bell-Built Grant

Do you think Richmond Ride Center should win the Bell Built Grant? Please vote!

Go to http://www.bellhelmets.com/bellbuilt, then{

  1. Select your finalist — Richmond Regional Ride Center
  2. Enter your email
  3. Enter the verification code – robot votes, alias addresses and disposable emails don’t count
  4. Check the Bell Helmets and IMBA Newsletter Opt-in
  5. Go to your inbox and open the confirmation email
  6. Click the confirmation link
  7. See your vote count back on www.bellhelmets.com/bellbuilt

Finally, please share this with your mailing lists and social media.

2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals, May 2-4: A Warm-Up for Richmond 2015


Come to Richmond this weekend, May 2-4, for the national collegiate road cycling championships. This will be an exciting warm-up for the Richmond 2015 World Cycling Championships, as races will be held on the same courses.

See the Richmond 2015 website for more information, including about Frieday’s block party, the Spectator Guide, Consumer Expo, and Saturday’s 2015 Criterium that you can enter.

Below are the race schedule, and PDF maps of the courses.

FRIDAY  Event  Group  Description 
9 a.m. Team Time Trial Female Division 2 31 km
To follow Team Time Trial Female Division 1 31 km
To follow Team Time Trial Male Division 2 31 km
To follow Team Time Trial Male Division 1 31 km
1 p.m. Individual Time Trial Female Division 2 31 km
To follow Individual Time Trial Female Division 1 31 km
To follow Individual Time Trial Male Division 2 31 km
To follow Individual Time Trial Male Division 1 31 km
SATURDAY  Event  Group  Description 
8 a.m. Criterium Male Cat 5 Non-Championship
8:30 a.m. Criterium Male Cat ¾ Non-Championship
9:30 a.m. Criterium Male Masters 35+/45+ Non-Championship
10:30 a.m. Criterium Male Juniors Non-Championship
12 p.m. Criterium Female Division 2 50 min + 3 laps
1 p.m. Criterium Female Division 1 50 min + 3 laps
2 p.m. Criterium Male Division 2 70 min + 3 laps
3:30 p.m. Criterium Male Division 1 70 min + 3 laps
5 p.m. Criterium Female Pro 1/2/3 Non-Championship
6:30 p.m. Criterium Male Pro 1/2/3 Non-Championship
SUNDAY  Event  Group  Description 
7 a.m. Road Race Female Division 2 78 km (5 laps)
9:50 a.m. Road Race Female Division1 78 km (5 laps)
1 p.m. Road Race Male Division 2 109.2 km (7 laps)
4:20 p.m. Road Race Male Division 1 109.2 km (7 laps)

Friday Time Trial

Saturday Criterium

Sunday Road Race

Three Virginia Legislators Receive Bicycling Friendly Awards

Three Virginia legislators have been given VBF’s Bicycling Friendly Award for their efforts during the 2014 session of the Virginia General Assembly.

Bud Vye and Senator Reeves

Senator Reeves and Bud Vye

Senator Bryce Reeves, (R-Spotsylvania) was the Chief Patron of SB 97, the Three Foot Passing bill, which was recently signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe. The law goes into effect on July 1.

Also recognized for their support of pro-bike legislation were Delegate Barbara Comstock (R-Fairfax/ Loudoun) who sponsored the following too closely legislation, HB 82…

Delegate Barbara Comstock Receiving her Award

Delegate Barbara Comstock Receiving her Award

…and Senator Chap Petersen (D- Fairfax)  who sponsored the anti-dooring bill (SB 225).

Senator Petersen Receiving Award from Champe Burnley

Senator Chap Petersen Receiving Award from Champe Burnley

Despite great efforts to get Petersen and Comstock’s  legislation through, both bills were defeated.

A big thanks to these legislators who supported our efforts to make Virginia a more friendly place to ride bikes.

Richmond Ride Center Named Bell-Built Grant Finalist

Richmond Regional Ride Center is a Bell-Built Grant finalist.

IMBA reports:

Bell Bike Helmets and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) have announced the 12 finalists for the 2014 Bell Built Grants: $100,000 in technical assistance money put up by Bell for three bike projects to be built in 2014 by IMBA Trail Solutions. Public voting to choose the winners begins April 7 and ends May 18, with winners announced May 19.

Stand by to cast your vote!   [click to continue…]

Sustainable Transportation Summit Thurs. 3/27 in Roanoke

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THE CONFERENCE IS MARCH 25th.

Leaders Gather to Share Transportation Best Practices

WHAT –  On Thursday, March 27th, from 8:00 to 4:00, The Cabell Brand Center and RIDE Solutions will host the first annual Sustainable Transportation Summit at Virginia Tech School of Medicine and Research Institute.  The all-day summit will provide a broad educational program that will touch on the economic, environmental, and social value of implementing and encouraging transportation choice in the region.  Keynote speakers include Nicholas Donohue, Virginia Deputy Secretary of Transportation, and Walter Kulash, Livable Transportation Movement.  The program will be valuable to planners, transportation professionals, elected officials, business leaders, public health officials and community advocates. Presentations will offer best practices, incentives, and success stories from within and outside the Roanoke Valley to show how investments in sustainable mobility options can improve a region’s vitality and economic competitiveness.

CONFERENCE HOSTS – The Cabell Brand Center for Global Poverty and Resource Sustainability Studies is a non-profit organization founding in 1987, and has been providing education and outreach for over 25 years.  Ride Solutions provides alternative transportation options – ridesharing (carpooling and vanpooling), biking, public transit, walking, and guaranteed ride home services – to residents living within the greater New River and Roanoke Valleys and Region 2000 regions of southwestern Virginia. For more information, go to:http://ridesolutions.org

REGISTRATION – For more information and to register for the Sustainable Transportation Summit, please visit the Cabell Brand Center website at: www.cabellbrandcenter.org

COST – Registration is $25 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch featuring locally sourced foods and beverages.

CONTACT – Questions?  Write Jeremy Holmes of RIDE Solutions at jholmes@rvarc.org

Bedford County Hit & Run Suspect Arrested

26 year old Michael Jenkins has been arrested and charged with felony hit and run for fleeing the scene of the crash that killed bicyclist Sean M. McQuaid on Rt. 122 near Rt. 24, around 8:30pm Friday, March 21. Two hours later, firefighters responded to a call about a house and truck on fire at Jenkins’ home, where he may have been trying to burn the evidence.

From WBDJ:

When firefighters arrived at the Snowberry Hill home a little after 10:20 p.m. Friday, they found Jenkins’ pickup truck on fire in the driveway. The house was not on fire.

As firefighters tried to put the truck fire out, Jenkins allegedly started pushing firefighters and throwing objects at their vehicles.

He is charged with being intoxicated in public, felony assault on a firefighter, and maliciously throwing missiles at an occupied vehicle. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office believes the truck was intentionally set on fire.

Jenkins has also been charged with felony hit-and-run for an accident that killed 53-year-old Sean McQuaid about two hours before the truck fire was reported. Investigators say McQuaid was riding his bike south on Route 122 near Route 24 on Friday night around 8:30 p.m. when he was hit by a car. Investigators say Jenkins left the scene of the accident.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run incident is asked to call Virginia State Police at 1-800-542-5959.

Information Sought: Fatal Bedford County Hit & Run

Update: a suspect, Michael Jenkins, has been arrested.


View Larger Map

A bicyclist has died following a hit and run crash Friday evening, Mar. 21 in Bedford County. If you or anyone you know were in the area of Moneta Rd. and Stewartsville Rd. at around 8:30pm, and have any information that may pertain to this crash, especially about a late model Ford Edge SUV, please contact the State Police.

From WDBJ:

“Sean M. McQuaid, age 53, of Cape Canaveral, Florida was traveling southbound on Route 122 when he was struck from behind by a vehicle that fled the scene. McQuaid was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The Virginia State Police are still looking for a suspect vehicle identified as a newer model Ford Edge sport utility vehicle that fled the scene.

Anyone having information regarding this hit and run accident should contact the Virginia State Police at 1-800-542-5959.”

Read more from News Advance.

Alexandria City Council Unanimously Approves King St. Bike Lanes

Proposed King St. Bike Lanes in Alexandria, VA

Bike lanes to be painted on King St.
Photo by Alexandria Dept. of Transportation and Environmental Services

After a long day’s debate with 70 speakers on the docket, Alexandria City Council voted 7-0 to approve the King St. Bicycle Lanes and Pedestrian Improvements project.

A few King St. residents who were — understandably — upset about losing street parking in front of their homes, left no stone unturned in bringing up arguments against the project; even using the Wall Street Journal as a soapbox. But local bike advocates carefully addressed each challenge over the course of several months. And today the City Council saw fit to uphold its own Complete Streets policy, and fix an important broken link in the local bike-ped network.

Alternate routes were considered, and may still be more appealing to some cyclists. But most will still use King St. to travel westward from Old Town and the King St. Metro station, and they must be accommodated.

With no bike lanes on King St., cyclists are using the narrow sidewalks.

With no bike lanes on King St., cyclists are using the narrow sidewalks.

Special thanks to the members of Alexandria’s Bike-Ped Adviscory Committee, WABA’s Greg Billing, WABA’s 300-plus members in Alexandria, and everyone else who wrote to let the Council know how important a route King St. is for bicycling, both locally and regionally.

Press