But even today, I was almost hit by a car on a Potomac Yards back road. It was a two-lane road, back in the back, that has been build in the expectation of traffic that has yet to materialize. It is a 25 MPH road that I took because I thought it would be safe. It's two lanes in either direction. There was no one - I mean no one - on that road. I was "taking the lane."
And yet, in a moment, two cars came from behind me. And one car, needing to get to its important destination, passed so close I could have reached out and touched it. It was unnecessary. The slightest hesitation on the drivers part and he could have safely driven around me. But because he was in a hurry, on a 25 MPH back road, he risked my life.
It's time for this to end. That's why I support
- HB82: Driver of any other vehicle following too closely: Requires drivers of any vehicle to not follow more closely than reasonable any other vehicle, including bicyclists
- HB811: Driver of motor vehicle following too closely: Requires drivers of motor vehicles to not follow more closely than reasonable any other vehicle, including bicylists (will likely be conformed with HB82, above)
- HB277: Pedestrians; crossing highways: Clarifies the duties of vehicles to stop to allow pedestrians and bicyclists to cross highways at marked crosswalks
- HB320: Reckless driving; passing other vehicles at intersections: Seeks to amend the legal reckless driving statute by prohibiting a person from overtaking or passing another vehicle stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection when a pedestrian or bicyclist is present
Let's make the roads safer for cycling.