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'mark my word, somebody will get run over.'

Maybe someone in Charlottesville could send his quote to Delegate Carrico next time a car runs into a pedestrian or cyclist...

True to his word, Del. Oder voted for [it], but only after pointedly stating that he was voting for [it] "just in case anyone is recording this," and then proceeded to argue vehemently against [the bill].

Let me guess...ant chance Oder's a Republican?

Yes he is. Newport News.

Ray LaHood is a Republican too.

There's a Virginia law that doesn't allow contraflow bike lanes? Wow, that's dark ages.

Maryland passed a 3 foot law but it was poor and actually created ridiculous exceptions, like drivers don't need to follow it if they would have to cross the center line to give 3'. I don't think that exception would be assumed in the absence of the law. But in the end, can someone tell me what the purpose is of a law that's probably never going to be enforced unless the driver hits you, and then the problem is that he was zero feet, not 3 feet, right?

In Maryland we were told by an ally in the legislature once that really high volumes of phone calls and emails to legislators can cause problems for a bill and for its sponsor. Some sponsors are not popular with their colleagues as it is.

But in the end, can someone tell me what the purpose is of a law that's probably never going to be enforced unless the driver hits you, and then the problem is that he was zero feet, not 3 feet, right?

1) Some people will try to follow the law just because it's the law and the publicity this law has gotten makes it more likely that law-abiding types will give a wider space. Since some crashes involve drivers who see the cyclist and try to pass and then somehow hit them anyway, it is good that they give more room.

2) After a crash, it becomes harder to make the case that you were passing safely and that the cyclist swerved in front of you (as the woman who killed Yoram Kaufman did). Three feet is a long way to swerve.

@Jack

Not exactly. VA retains most of its powers in the state government, other than what's expressly authorized. So the local governments (counties or cities), when they want extra powers, have to ask the state legislature. So here, the state had previously authorized Charlottesville to build roads (with specifications for car-type-lanes), but hadn't give C'ville power to build a contraflow lane.

And, apparently, didn't want to do so.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Forrest_Dillon#Dillon.27s_Rule

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