Virginia Transportation Legislative Roundup 2017

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The Rambler, 1897

As we near the end of the 2017 session, here is a list of transportation-related bills and where they’re at today. You can learn more about each bill and its progress at the Virginia General Assembly. Find out who your legislator is at Who’s My Legislator, and let him or her know how you feel about the proposed bills.

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Active Commuting – VT takes a day to focus on the benefits

On Wednesday, September 21, RIDE Solutions participated in Virginia Tech’s Active Commute Celebration. The event included 13 groups and organizations on campus and in the larger community that are promoting sustainable ways to actively commute – i.e., bike, bus and walk – and offering ways to change your perspective on when and where you can leave your car behind.

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The Inflatable Bike Helmet: An Interesting Distraction

A number of friends have shared with me, via social media, a video you may have seen.  It’s basically an airbag for cyclists, a collar that inflates suddenly into protective headgear in the case of a crash.  If your thing is interesting industrial design, the Hovding may be for you.  But if you’re concerned with safe riding, I worry it’s a distraction.

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9th Annual Ride of Silence

Join cyclists worldwide in a silent, slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been hurt or killed while cycling on public roadways. This ride will happen in Radford.

The event is family-friendly and children are encouraged to participate (helmets are required).  We will have a police escort along the 7 mile route and will ride at a slow pace.  Though solemn, the group ride is enjoyable and inspirational to even the youngest riders.

Co-sponsored by the New River Valley Bicycle Association and Pathways for Radford, the New River Valley ride was first organized in 2008 after the untimely death of Fess Green, RU Professor and veteran cyclist.

Staging will begin in the Sal’s / El Charro (Central Lumber) parking lot at 709 W Main Street, Radford, VA, 24141 at 6:30pm

Schedule of events:

6:30 – staging begins

6:45 – speakers and instructions

6:59 – moment of noise

7:00 – Ride of Silence begins

If you cannot ride, we welcome your support for bike safety.  Join us along the route on Main Street (from Sal’s and El Charro to the Dedmon Center). Participants are invited to gather at Sal’s and El Charro following the ride.

Pay Attention

Today, I want to share a guest post from Beth Lohman.  She is, among other things, a cyclist and a cycling advocate in the New River Valley.  She recently shared some experiences on Facebook regarding distracted driving that I thought were worth getting out to a wider audience.  Check below the fold for her article.

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