There’s a new Virginia bicycling safety law on the books which took on July 1st.
The new regulation – HB2262, the Bicyclist Safety Act – is another law to help protect cyclists and allow cyclists and motorists share the road more safely.
The Virginia Bicycling Safety Act
On March 31st, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed the Bicyclist Safety Act into law. This new traffic regulation requires motorists to:
- Automobiles must change lanes while passing cyclists
- Allows cyclists to ride two abreast at all times
- Convenes a work group to review issues related to allowing bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs – and to report any other roadway safety issues to the chairmen of the House and Senate Committees on Transportation
These changes will hopefully encourage safer conditions for cyclists and motorists on Virginia’s roadways.