BAC and PAC legislative priorities -- please reply by Saturday, September 24

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Cynthia Palmer

Sep 19, 2022, 10:36:20 PMSep 19
to Arlington BAC, Pamela Van Hine, Elizabeth Gallagher

Hi BAC and PAC,

We plan to send a list of our top five state legislative priorities to Ilana Creinin, who is the Legislative Liaison in the County Manager’s Office. This list will represent the combined priorities of the PAC and the BAC. 

Please review the items below and let us know if you are on board with submitting these five as our BAC-PAC top priority legislative issues. These are all items we discussed in our joint committee meeting last week. We have other proposals that won’t-yet-fly in the current legislative session but are worth some behind-the-scenes legwork, e.g., allowing local jurisdictions to charge higher registration fees for heavier vehicles, as in DC. 

Here are the five issues we think are ready for prime time: 

1) Remove contributory negligence law. (In Virginia, Alabama, NC and MD, a bicycle rider or pedestrian who is hit by a motor vehicle is barred from any recovery if s/he contributed to the crash in any way),

2) Include bikes in legislation for Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPI) so that bicyclists can use these traffic signals legally as Leading Pedestrian-and-Bicyclist Intervals,  

3) Allow local control for implementation of automated speed enforcement, red light running, parking violations, and other traffic issues,

4) Create transportation fund for bike-ped safety, safe routes to school, trails, and related safety initiatives, 

5) Require side underrun guards on trucks. These side rails between the axles on large trucks prevent pedestrians, bicycle riders, and motor vehicles from being swept under the truck. 

Sound OK? Anything essential missing? 

See the BAC-PAC meeting recording to hear Ilana and our PAC/BAC legislative discussion:

Ilana starts at 6 min 55 sec. 

Deadline for PAC/BAC responses: Saturday, September 24.

Input and edits welcome!

Thanks all.

Cynthia, Elizabeth and Pam

Leslie Tierstein

Sep 20, 2022, 5:31:33 AMSep 20
Sounds great. 

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Peter Stokely

Sep 21, 2022, 1:43:10 PMSep 21
Cynthia, these look good to me, does the order 1-5 indicate priority?   I know 1 is important but 2 and 3 may be more immediate on the ground, that is my two cents from the peanut gallery.


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Chris Slatt

Sep 21, 2022, 1:46:38 PMSep 21
to, Pamela Van Hine, Elizabeth Gallagher
Works for me.


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Gillian Burgess

Sep 21, 2022, 2:30:55 PMSep 21
to, Pamela Van Hine, Elizabeth Gallagher
List looks good. I would move contrib down -- as much as I'd love that to pass, I think it's the least likely on the list.


Cynthia Palmer

Sep 27, 2022, 9:31:50 AMSep 27
to, Pamela Van Hine, Elizabeth Gallagher

Thanks Leslie, Peter, Chris, and Gillian for your input on the letter. Really appreciate the feedback! We’ve moved contributory negligence lower on the list. We’ll send our letter to Ilana (the legislative liaison) in the next day or two.

Happy riding,


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