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WHEREAS, in 2020,114 pedestrians and 8 bicyclists died as the result of traffic crashes, despite a significant reduction in vehicle miles traveled; and
WHEREAS, motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians have common rights and responsibilities and should afford one another mutual respect while using Virginia’s roadways; and
WHEREAS, motorists must pass at a reasonable speed and at least 3 feet to the left when overtaking a bicycle; and
WHEREAS, two bike riders are now allowed to travel side-by-side without having to form a single line when a vehicle approaches; and
WHEREAS, pedestrians are encouraged to wear reflective clothing and walk, jog, or run on the side of the road facing traffic; and
WHEREAS, bicyclists should use lights, reflectors, and wear bright clothing to be more visible; and
WHEREAS, all road users should avoid distraction so that they may safely share the road with one another; and
WHEREAS, Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Month will call attention to the importance of sharing the road to reduce the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities in the Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 2021 as BICYCLIST AND PEDESTRIAN AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.