RICHMOND – A legislative effort to outlaw tailgating bicycles is clinging to life in the General Assembly.
A Senate-passed bill (SB1060) from Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Fredericksburg, approved by a House subcommittee today, would add bikes and other non-motorized vehicles to the list of those that cannot be followed “more closely than is reasonable and prudent.”
Before advancing the measure, the panel amended it so it mirrors a House tailgating bill (HB1950) from Del. Alfonso Lopez, D-Arlington County. The Reeves bill was originally broader, also widening the minimum clearance when passing a bicycle from two to three feet.
The House panel stripped out that provision in hopes of improving the bill’s chances of passage in the full House.
Even the modified version has a tough road ahead. Lopez’ measure was voted down by the House last month.
“It caught a fever on the floor,” said Del. Barbara Comstock, R-Fairfax County.
-Bill Sizemore, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot