From: Transportation Services and Virginia Tech Police Department

Effective July 1, two updates to laws pertaining to alternative transportation in the Commonwealth of Virginia will be enforced. These laws are designed to prevent crashes, save lives, and share the roadways between drivers, users of bicycles and scooters, and horse riders.

Law 1: Section 46.2-905. Riding bicycles, electric personal assistive mobility devices, electric power-assisted bicycles, motorized skateboards or scooters, and mopeds on roadways and bicycle paths.

People riding bicycles, electric personal assistive mobility devices, electric power-assisted bicycles, or motorized skateboards or scooters on a highway shall not ride more than two abreast. 

Law 2: Section 46.2-839. Passing bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, moped, animal, or animal-drawn vehicle. 

Drivers passing bicyclists/scooter users/horse riders where the travel lane is not wide enough for three feet between their vehicle and those in the travel lane, must now change lanes to do so. This is true even if the driver has to cross a double yellow line, which is legal in this instance. 

Previously, the law stated drivers must provide at least three feet between their vehicle and the bicyclist/scooter user/horse rider. This removes ambiguity from the law.

Questions regarding the updated alternative transportation laws can be directed to Nick Quint, transportation network manager and interim fleet services manager: nquint@vt.edu

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