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Cardin's message

Anybody else get this message from Rep Cardin?
There has been talk of organizing a ride to Annapolis to support this bill. It would be quite something if they were able to get this passed before end of session on Monday. I have family obligations on Monday but would try to work around that if we had enough people to ride down.

Tragic Death of Bicyclist Highlights the Need For Legislation

The events in Annapolis were overshadowed by the tragic death of 11th District constituent Larry Bensky.  Like me, he was an avid cyclist who rode upon many of the same roads on which my friends and I ride. I have championed legislation for five years in the Maryland General Assembly that would make the roads safer for bikers and drivers.  It infuriates me that it took the death of a constituent for bike safety legislation to get the attention it deserves in the state legislature. 

I introduced House Bill 461 for the 5th year in the House Environmental Matters Committee on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 to promote bicycle safety.  While the cross-file - SB 51 passed the Senate unanimously two months ago, the Environmental Matters Committee of the House passed the bill just a few days after the fatal accident.   

The intent of this bill is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for both bicyclists and drivers on Maryland's roads and bicycle paths.  By clarifying and codifying the responsibilities of both bicyclists and motorists while operating on Maryland's roadways, this bill will foster a safe environment for bicyclists to recreate, exercise and commute.  Passage of this bill would put Maryland in the company of approximately twenty other states that have articulated a standard for passing distance between bicycles and motor vehicles.

The bike season is just getting started and already we have fatalities and accidents to remind us of how important it is to share the road and be careful.  To that end, I have also been a vocal advocate for the hands-free legislation to ban hand-held cell phone use.  No matter how inconvenient it may be, it is obvious how much hand-held cell phone use detracts from safe driving practices.

I will work very hard to pass this into law before session ends at midnight on Monday.

Sincerely,

Delegate Jon S. Cardin,
Maryland's 11th Legislative District
Annapolis Office: (410) 841-3833
Annapolis Fax: (410) 841-3373

Edited by: harry campbell - Apr-09-10 04:31 pm

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If people do ride down, lunch time (11:30-1:30) might be a good time to be out and about as many of our legislatures walk to lunch.

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Hey Barry,
Check out the latest post on Cardin's and Raskin's response. Apparently I need to ride to Annapolis on Monday!
I'm trying to find out what time is best to be there.
h

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Harry, your ride on Monday shows 12am in the list view and no time for the calendar view.

You may want to place a time somewhere for all of the invitees on Nigel's Facebook page to see so that a more unified front can be presented instead of people arriving piecemeal.

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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Hey Isaias,
The time is yet undetermined, this is all coming together last minute and of course will be a bit disorganized. We're working on it. We are waiting to hear from Cardin's staff on when best to be in Annapolis. I'm thinking noon, we'll probably leave Balt around 7am putting us near Carrroll Park at like 8am. But please stay tuned.

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