Apparently, Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds is introducing a bill to make reckless driving on a bicycle a separate law.
It is certainly true that you can “drive” recklessly on a bike. There was a horrible hit and run on a bike case in DC that I think it still unsolved. A rider stuck and killed an elderly pedestrian.
But the question is, why does this need a separate statute? As via Blacknell points out, reckless on a bike appears to be already covered within the existing reckless driving statute.
Kind of a mystery.
Update: Via ridesolutions quoting Senator Deeds’ legislative aide, the reasoning appears to be that :
“…a separate section of the code with a lesser fine would be more appropriate.”
Makes more sense now.