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Legislative Update #8, Feb. 2, 2017

SB1339 Surovell’s bill making it a Traffic Infraction with a penalty of not more than a $250 fine “for a motor vehicle to travel in a bicycle lane to pass or attempt to pass another vehicle” cleared the Senate by a 22 – 18 vote (with Sturtevant voting against, but indicating later that his intent was to vote for, which would have made the vote 23 – 17). All the D’s were joined by R’s DeSteph, Reeves, & Vogel in supporting the bill, which now will cross over to the Senate next week. Note, if you want to print this bill it is 6 pages, with all the changes on Pg. 1 and right at the end on Pg.6

In the Richmond area, RABA members should note that Chase, Dunnavant, & McDougle continue to vote AGAINST the bicycle safety bills.

At yesterday morning’s House Agriculture Committee meeting, HB 2381 Fariss’ bill to amend the Dangerous Dog Registry section of the code passed unanimously [click to continue…]

Legislative Update #7, Jan. 31, 2017 — SB1339 Due Care

SB 1339, Surovell’s Due Care bill, passed the Senate today on a 21-19 vote, with all 19 Democrats voting for it, and two Republicans joining them (Bill DeSteph of Virginia Beach, who is a cyclist and a solid supporter of our bills, and Dave Suetterlein of Roanoke who had voted for the bill in the Senate Transportation Committee, along with DeSteph) to put the bill over the top. HB 1633 Sullivan’s identical Due Care bill was tabled yesterday in the House Courts Criminal SubComm, as Del. Todd Gilbert stated that he thought Del. Anderson’s Distracted Driving bill would be sufficient to cover this situation.

Now we wait to see to which Committee this SB 1339 will be assigned as it crosses over to the House, [click to continue…]

Legislative Update #6, Thurs. Jan. 26, 2017

Virginia State Capitol

Virginia State Capitol

Good results on the full afternoon in Senate Transportation and then over to House Courts Criminal Subcommittee SB1207 DeSteph, Drones on Sidewalks was not heard until late, so I had left to go to House Courts Subcomm prior to its being called. I note that it was reported 12-0, but I still have not been able to find out from De Steph what company is requesting this, and what kind of deliveries they have in mind. Will report as soon as I do. [click to continue…]

Report from the General Assembly #4, Thurs. Jan. 19, 2017

The meeting of the House Transportation Committee at 8:30 this morning led off with a 40 minute, very thorough and well presented briefing by Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne on how the construction project selection process under the House Bill 2 rules has been working. The Committee members and spectators all were impressed by the way the Secretary handled the briefing, as well as the way things seem to be working, which most felt was a big improvement over the way the Commonwealth Transportation Board had operated previously.

The briefing concluded, Chairman Villanueva proceeded to address the bills on the Docket, [click to continue…]

Report from the General Assembly #3, Wed., Jan. 18, 2017

Virginia State Capitol

Virginia State Capitol

As quiet as things were at the GAB on Friday, they were just the opposite on Monday, with several groups having their Lobby Days on the Martin Luther King Holiday. The building was packed, making it difficult for Champe & me to wade through the traffic and make our contacts, as we continued to try to line up Co-Patrons for the bills we are supporting. [click to continue…]

Report from the General Assembly, Friday, January 13, 2017

Relatively few visitors at the GA on a Friday, so Champe Burnley and I were able to talk to a number of Legislators and Aides in a more leisurely fashion as we were making the rounds to ask them to consider signing on as Co-Patrons to Del. Villanueva’s Maintenance Reimbursement bill; Sen. Surovell’s Due Care bill, & Del. Sullivan’s similar Due Care bill.

It appears that most of the bills have now been filed, and assigned numbers, as Legislative Services is catching up to the crush of last minute filings, so that the list of the ones we are interested in looks like — [click to continue…]

Report from the First Day of the 2017 Virginia General Assembly

Virginia State Capitol

Virginia State Capitol

A very productive opening day at the G.A., as Champe Burnley & I were able to meet with Del. Villanueva, learn that his bill to provide Maintenance Reimbursement for road diets had been filed and had received the number of HB2023. Agreeing that he would welcome co-patrons for the bill, later in the day we met with a number of legislators (or their aides) who had been co-patrons of the similar SB669 last year (which had failed at the last minute) asking them to sign on again this year as co-patrons. [click to continue…]

6 Newly-Designated League Cycling Instructors (LCI) in the Shenandoah Valley

The League of American Bicyclists held a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) Seminar in Harrisonburg, VA November 10 thru 13, 2016. The students/new LCIs, instructors, and assistants from left: Randall Wolf (new LCI), Les Leathem (National Coach and LCI), Greg "Yogi" Gillette (new LCI), Dan Wright (new LCI), Nick Cannon (new LCI),  Brian Bauer (LCI assistant), Misty Williams (new LCI), Kyle Lawrence (new LCI), Thanh Dang (LCI assistant), Laura Pyle (LCI assistant), and Dan Finseth, (new LCI).

The League of American Bicyclists held a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) Seminar in Harrisonburg, VA November 10 thru 13, 2016. The students/new LCIs, instructors, and assistants from left: Randall Wolf (new LCI), Les Leathem (National Coach and LCI), Greg “Yogi” Gillette (new LCI), Dan Wright (new LCI), Nick Cannon (new LCI), Brian Bauer (LCI assistant), Misty Williams (new LCI), Kyle Lawrence (new LCI), Thanh Dang (LCI assistant), Laura Pyle (LCI assistant), and Dan Finseth, (new LCI).


Harrisonburg, VA – November 14, 2016 – The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) announced 6 of its members earned the prestigious certification of League Cycling Instructor (LCI) from the League of American Bicyclists, a 136-year-old national bicycling and advocacy organization. The new LCIs are Dan Finseth of Bridgewater, Yogi Gillette of Harrisonburg, Kyle Lawrence of Harrisonburg, Misty Williams of Harrisonburg, Randall Wolf of Stuarts Draft, and Dan Wright of Staunton. They were joined also by Nick Cannon of Wilmington, North Carolina.

“The LCIs complete in-depth training on teaching skills for biking in traffic, on trails, and with groups of riders,” says Bill Nesper, Program Director of the League of American Bicyclists. “The Shenandoah Valley has added to its group of knowledgeable instructors who train all levels of riders how to confidently and effectively cycle for fun, fitness, and transportation.”

LCI Seminars educate participants on how to teach bicycle safety and skills to all levels of riders rather than focusing on technical bicycling knowledge. The League Cycling Instructor designation is only given after a person qualifies for, and excels in, an intense three-day education seminar. “League Cycling Instructors are the backbone of the League’s education program,” said Nesper. “These new LCIs have demonstrated a proficiency in teaching, a love of cycling, and a willingness to share these skills with other riders.” [click to continue…]