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Virginia Senate Bill Would Outlaw “Dooring” of Cyclists

Virginia Senate Bill Would Outlaw “Dooring” of Cyclists A new proposed bill in the Virginia Senate would fine motorists who “door” bicyclists. VA Senate bill #117 would amend Va. Code §46.2-818 to impose a $50 fine on anyone who opens a car door “unless it is reasonably safe to do so.” A Virginia House committee is …

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Churches & Bike Lanes Set to Reach Historic Compromise in Washington, D.C.

Plans to create a protected north-south cycling lane in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood have run into a powerful roadblock: church parking. Local churches are the heart and soul of the District of Columbia community. They serve as neighborhood centers, family anchors, and social hubs. In addition to worship, DC Churches provide nutrition, recreation and support services …

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Will DC’s Plan for Zero Traffic Deaths Work?

Will DC’s Plan for Zero Traffic Deaths Work? (December 17, 2015) Washington, DC – Mayor Muriel Bowser has released her long-awaited plan to combat traffic deaths in the District of Columbia. Bicycle, pedestrian, and motor vehicle deaths have been rising in the District. “Vision Zero” is a safety plan imported from Sweden designed to reduce traffic fatalities …

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Prince George’s County Leads in Fatal Bicycle Accidents

Prince George’s County Leads in Fatal Bicycle Accidents Local jurisdictions are not doing enough for bicycle safety. Last year, P.G. County had 36 fatal bicycle accidents. The District of Columbia had 25, and Montgomery county was third at 21, followed by Fairfax County with 19. Part of the increase is due to shear numbers. Bicycle ridership …

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Driver Error Causes 92% of Motor Vehicle Accidents

Driver error continues to be the leading cause of auto accidents, accounting for 92% of all fatal car crashes. With the advent of safer cars, only 2% of collisions are caused by mechanical defects, according to new report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). In Washington, DC, fatal motor vehicle collisions were down in 2015, but …

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