Thursday, February 28, 2013

Support 3-Foot Passing Bill; Oppose Bike Registration

From Local Motion
VT Statehouse painting
Would you like state law to require motorists to give at least 3' of clearance when passing a person walking or bicycling?  If so, contact your State Representativeand ask them to support H.209. 
Representative Jim McCullough of Williston has submitted H.209.  A similar Senate bill will be introduced soon by Senator Philip Baruth.  Thanks Jim & Phil!
This proposed bill would stengthen the 'Safe Passing Bill' passed three years ago by requiring motorists to allow at least 3 feet of clearance when passing “vulnerable users” (walkers, bikers, equestrians, etc.).  It also adds an additional foot of clearance for every 10 mph of vehicle speed over 30mph. 
Let your legislators know that you support H.209.  Find your legislators here.
It will also define vulnerable user rights-of-way for 14 situations in motor vehicle law for such actions as going through intersections where motorists turning right or left sometimes cut you off.
Contact Local Motion supporter Bruce Cunningham at 802-482-2933 for more info.  He's been pushing for this bill as a volunteer for 3 years.  Thanks Bruce!
Thanks also to the VT Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition for successfully advocating for the original Safe Passing Bill.

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