The lifestyle wars just scored a victory in favor of folks who opt to forgo the automobile.
The Virginia legislature has OK'd a bill that would make it a traffic violation to "door" - "dooring" being the act of keeping one's car door ajar while parked alongside fast-moving traffic at the risk of injuring bicyclists.
Virginia Sen. Chap Petersen's bill would forbid "dooring" unless it's "reasonably safe," and attaches a $100 fine upon any violation, reports
Petersen, a Democrat, said dooring represented "a significant injury factor" for many of the state's bicyclists, and it was high time their interests be represented.
"This is not something new or extraordinary," said Petersen, who hopes to shift the "obligation and accountability" for car-bicycle collisions to drivers. "It's just a common sense public safety bill."
Via the Virginian-Pilot and rvanews.com