Bicycles; prohibits operating in willful or wanton disregard of safety of persons or property. (SB905)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Reckless cycling.  Prohibits operating a bicycle in willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property. No demerit points are to be assigned for violations. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11102593D
01/10/2011Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/20/2011Stricken at request of Patron in Transportation (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Mark Blacknell writes:

Anyone aware of the context of this bill? It seems redundant, for starters.

Michael Perkins writes:

No idea, might be a good idea to call Deeds' office?

Jeremy Holmes writes:

I'd also be interested what triggered this bill.

Michael Perkins writes:

I wrote an email to Deeds' office.

Editor’s Pick
Michael Perkins writes:

Dear Mr. Perkins:

Thank you for your email. Following a tragic bicycling (automobile/bike to be specific) last year, the City of Charlottesville convened a bike safety group to discuss possible changes to the law. Out of that group came three recommendation: three foot passing law, enabling legislation for the City to permit contraflow cycling on one way streets, and an addition to the Code for a citation below reckless driving. Delegate Toscano and Senator Deeds are carrying the bills.

The initial proposal for the third proposal was to add cycling to the improper driving statute. After some discussion during a meeting with Sen. Deeds, Del. Toscano's aide Sarah Buckley, David Blount with the TJPDC, and the Deputy City Attorney Richard Harris, the thought was a separate section of the code with a lesser fine would be more appropriate. The City researched laws in other states and identified some language, which was used in the drafting of the bill.

Having not served on the task force and only having knowledge about the one meeting with City folks that I was present during, it is difficult for me to give you a complete picture. I know several other bicycling organizations are communicating about the legislation. Sen. Deeds is extremely bike-friendly and has collaborated with the cycling community in the past. I'm uncertain at this point what the plans are for the bill.

I hope this at least clarifies the origination of the legislation.


Legislative Aide

Brad M. writes:

Bad cases make for bad laws, yet any "preventable" accident seems to always get our busy-body, do-gooder, bureaucrats fired up about the latest scheme to insure that we all live forever. Unfortunately, these nanny laws just make some people criminals by the stroke of a pen-- I WILL NEVER COMPLY WITH THESE KINDS OF LIBERTY-ROBBING STATUTES.

Jeremy Holmes writes:

Thanks, Michael, for posting the response you got. It doesn't seem all that unreasonable, really.

Bubberella writes:

Doesn't seem unreasonable to me, either. I support automobiles sharing the road with bicyclists, but I also think that bicyclists need to follow the law.