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Bubble bill one step closer to being law?

Bubble bill one step closer to being law?

Just stumbled across this link.

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/lo … ove_o.html

Suggest adding a comment to voice your views on the subject.

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Let me second Terry's recommendation to add your voice to the comments rapidly adding up on this article.  They are the usual batch of ugly ones.

This is a typical one:

"this is the level of stupid legislation that I have come to expect from this socialist state. The roads were made for cars for mass transit - they were not made with the intention of having "personal transportation devices"! I am sick and tired of riding behind 30 cars trying to get past an idiot bicyclist because we cant pass him due to on-coming traffic. Bikers should be required to have their own lanes and should be taxed individually for their own benefit!
Bikers should stay off the roads and on their own paths!
The legislators should make themselves useful to all Marylanders or make themselves scarce!
UGH!"

If you want saner voices out there, contribute.

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I've included a link to the current bill below as we don't seem to have a way to upload files of interests to the cycling community here.

http://mlis.state.md.us/2010rs/fnotes/b … sb0051.pdf

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I've noticed a large number of the comments on this and other places always seem to focus on how cars pay for the road (gas tax, tags, etc) and cyclists don't pay so should get access to the road.  Ignoring the fact that most of us also drive, roads have more sources of funds then that.  So why does it seem like no one tried to break it down?

Something like calculate the total amount of money spent on roads building and maintaining including things like snow removal  for all roads in the state (state and local).  Then find all the sources of money that pays for it:
- Money from the federal government
a) federal gas tax
b) other federal money (i.e. show the gas tax doesn't cover it all)
- Money from the state
a) state gas tax
b) drivers licence
c) driving fines
d) other sources

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Originally submitted by Senator Raskin and passed unanimously on February 11th in the Maryland Senate.

Bill can be found here:
http://mlis.state.md.us/2010rs/fnotes/b … sb0051.pdf

Senate bill status:
http://mlis.state.md.us/2010rs/billfile/SB0051.htm

House bill cross number is 461 and found here:
http://mlis.state.md.us/2010rs/billfile/hb0461.htm

Can find your state reps here:
http://mdelect.net/electedofficials/

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Enki wrote:

I've noticed a large number of the comments on this and other places always seem to focus on how cars pay for the road (gas tax, tags, etc) and cyclists don't pay so should get access to the road.  Ignoring the fact that most of us also drive, roads have more sources of funds then that.  So why does it seem like no one tried to break it down?

Something like calculate the total amount of money spent on roads building and maintaining including things like snow removal  for all roads in the state (state and local).  Then find all the sources of money that pays for it:
- Money from the federal government
a) federal gas tax
b) other federal money (i.e. show the gas tax doesn't cover it all)
- Money from the state
a) state gas tax
b) drivers licence
c) driving fines
d) other sources

FWIW I submitted a comment with links to the facts which was not posted. Anyway the League of American Cyclists (which the BBC supports) has this: http://www.bikeleague.org/action/trasht … ourway.php

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IT PASSED!

http://www.bikeradar.com/news/article/m … and--25054

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I saw that, too, on Bike Radar and was ready to post the same link!

We're not there, yet. Next, comes the education and enforcement phases.

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2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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No, next comes making sure it passes the house, it only passed the senate so far.

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Re-post of what I wrote on BBCTalk:
Just to note that it still has not passed the House (at lest as of two days ago as that is the delay in posting to the legislature web site.)

http://mlis.state.md.us/2010rs/billfile/HB0461.htm

Enforcing any traffic law in this state is a huge problem,  The general consensus is this bill will help after a crash.but I have my doubts as this years bill adds two exceptions to the 3' safe passing distance:

(I) THE BICYCLE, EPAMD, OR MOTOR SCOOTER RIDER FAILS TO OPERATE THE VEHICLE IN CONFORMANCE WITH § 21–1205(A) OF THIS SUBTITLE (“RIDING TO RIGHT SIDE OF ROADWAY”) OR § 21–1205.1(B) OF THIS SUBTITLE (“ROADWAY WITH BIKE LANE OR SHOULDER PAVED TO SMOOTH SURFACE”); OR
(II) A PASSING CLEARANCE OF LESS THAN 3 FEET IS CAUSED SOLELY BY THE BICYCLE, EPAMD, OR MOTOR SCOOTER RIDER 10 FAILING TO MAINTAIN A STEADY COURSE.

In other words "but the cyclist swerved" would be a codified legal excuse as would be "but the cyclists was not riding as far right as possible."

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