Suggested Revisions to Virginia's Pedestrian, Motorcycle, and Bicycle Laws

Report No: 79-R15

Published in 1978

About the report:

An evaluation of the laws of Virginia governing pedestrian movement and the operation of bicycles and motorcycles revealed that a number of changes are called for. Comparisons between current Virginia law, the Uniform Vehicle Code (U.V.C.) and selected statutes from other states dramatize the need for amendment. The language of the proposals presented in the report has been taken in large part from the U.V.C. The suggested amendments and additions have been formulated to meet the necessity for comprehensive protection for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as to clearly define their rights in relation to those of motorists. The proposed changes, however, have been designed to avoid major revisions in current law.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


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Dean A. Swift

Last updated: January 26, 2024

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