Bicycle '3-foot-rule' bill advances
A bill that would require that drivers observe a 3-foot buffer zone around bicyclists has emerged from the House Environmental Matters Committee -- potentially giving two-wheel enthusiasts a significant victory this legislative session.
Del. James Malone, chairman of the subcommittee that labored over the Senate-passed bill, said the vote was 18-4. It's expected to come to the House floor Saturday, and it's rare for a bill from that committee to be rejected on the floor.
The legislation is not a done deal, however. It emerged from the committee in an amended form, which means it will have to go to the Senate for its agreement. With adjournment looming Monday night, any hangup could tank the bill.
Nevertheless, Malone said he is confident the bill will make its way through to enactment.
In more doubt is a bill dealing with when bicyclists must remain on the shoulder of the road. The committee is still grappling with language as the clock ticks down. If it passes, it is likely to do so in the final hours.