This category has a few simple requests.
Safe Passing Distance - Since 2008 in DC drivers have been required to give cyclists at least three feet when passing. In Virginia it's two feet. Maryland has no required minimum, though laws have been introduced to bring it to three feet.
Cyclists don't get hit from behind very often, but when they do it is often deadly. Virginia and Maryland should raise their minimums to three feet, which is happening nationwide. Or maybe even five. That's what Iowa is trying to do (along with some other common sense laws).
Opening Doors - DC has a law that places the responsibility on avoiding doorings on those who are in the car.
2214.4 No person shall open any door of a vehicle unless it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with moving traffic or pedestrians and with safety to such person and passengers.
In fact, WABA's pocket guide to DC Bike Laws - which was made in conjunction with DDOT and the MPD, has this exchange.
A cyclist has been "doored". Who's at fault?
The person in the car.
No qualifiers. Not sure if the courts have seen it that way yet.
Maryland's law only protects cyclists from intentional doorings.
A person may not open the door of any motor vehicle with intent to strike, injure or interfere with any bicyclist.
Virginia has no law on the subject.
Again, both Maryland and Virginia should strengthen their laws to match DC's.
Code Scrub - Finally, these changes from Senate Bill 428 (which would add the three foot passing distance) should be passed. It changes this passage
Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, the driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any bicycle being ridden by a person. [WC: which provision would allow the lack of due care?]
Exercise due care to avoid colliding with any bicycle being ridden by a person
And it requires drivers to yield to cyclists in bike lanes or on shoulders.