Remember that this year’s Virginia Motorcycle Legislative Roundtable will be held on Sunday, October 24th at 1:00 p.m. For those of you who have not attended a Virginia Motorcycle Legislative Roundtable, it is where Virginia motorcyclists gather to discuss issues of importance to the motorcycling community, and to have input on the legislative agenda to be presented to the Virginia General Assembly by the Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists (VCOM) as well as other state motorcyclists’ rights organizations. In past years the Roundtable was the starting point for legislation such as Virginia’s red light bill, the prohibition against motorcycle only checkpoints, the modification of Virginia Code to allow two two-wheeled motorcycles to travel abreast in a single lane, legislation improving Virginia’s Rider Education Program, the creation of the autocycle category which removed three wheeled automobiles from Virginia’s motorcycle crash data, and legislation allowing motorcyclists to utilize accent lighting to improve nighttime visibility. This year we would expect conversations on many diverse topics affecting motorcyclists, to include lane filtering/splitting.
We are going to hold the Roundtable virtually again this year for three reasons. We received a lot of positive feedback from people who found the virtual format more convenient, which could explain why we had one of the best turnouts in years last year. The second reason for this is cost. VCOM is a non-profit, and holding the Roundtable virtually eliminates the cost of paying for a physical venue. Given that the nature of the Roundtable is to set the legislative agenda and not actually speak to legislators, there is less need for an in-person meeting than there is for an actual lobbying event. The third reason is that, at the time that we planned the Roundtable, we had rising Covid numbers and did not know where we would be in October, and under what restrictions public venues may have been operating. After much discussion we decided that a virtual meeting removed that uncertainty. Thankfully the numbers are down now, and we plan on having an in person Lobby Day again. More to come on that.
If you wish to take part in the virtual Virginia Motorcycle Legislative Roundtable, make sure to reply and let me know so that we can send you the necessary link to attend. You may also reach me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the number below. Everyone who wishes to attend and give their input on legislative matters affecting motorcyclists will receive a Zoom link later this week. So again, if you wish to receive the link for the October 24th Roundtable, or have any questions concerning motorcycle related legislative of legal matters, please reach out and contact me.
McGrath, Danielson, Sorrell & Fuller
Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists