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Cycling Safety in Baltimore Sun

Cycling Safety in Baltimore Sun

Nice article by Michael Dresser in this mornings paper about common sense being codified - http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/co … 4-20101004,0,6224574.story

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Re: Cycling Safety in Baltimore Sun

Nice enough. Except that The MVA's Buel Young has mis-stated the law.

from Barry Childress on Baltimore Spokes: (see full article and rescission of comments by MVA here)
It is extremely harmful for MVA to incorrectly state:

    * Cyclists have a duty not to impede motorized vehicles.
    * Cyclist have the duty to move aside and let cars pass when there is no room for cyclists to move aside safely.
    * Motorist do not have a duty to exercise due care and imply that it is legal to hit cyclists right in front of them.
    * A bunch of made up rules that are not found anywhere else.
    * Rules that run contrary to other published MDOT literature for the safe and legal operation of bicycles such as "Safe Bicycling in Maryland."
    * I will also note 2/3 of bicycle fatalities are mid-block and a large component of that is a cyclist riding far right and unsafe passing by a motor vehicle, cars do not have a right to squeeze by any way they can.

MVA is actively engaging in creating a hostile cycling environment by incorrectly telling motorists that cyclists must ride as far right as practical (in the Drivers' Handbook) and now this junk from the MVA. While in literature for cyclists' says cyclists should for their safety ride in the middle of the lane. This is just perverse and has to stop!
(Note: most roads in Maryland are too narrow for a motorist and cyclists to safely share side by side but when this is not the case different rules apply then mentioned here.)

Cyclists basic legal lane position is based on width of the lane and if a bike lane exists and has nothing to do with a 15mph speed differential.

I am writing to demand a swift correction and disciplinary action taken against Mr. Young for giving false and misleading advice while falsely claiming/implying legal expertise as well as negligence in the discharge of his duty for MVA.
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Re: Cycling Safety in Baltimore Sun

The comments following Dresser's article is the same old BS.  Nothing has changed.  Just another unenforceable law.

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

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Re: Cycling Safety in Baltimore Sun

Michael Dresser wrote a much better article, "MVA Steers a Clearer Course on Bicycle Laws" in the Oct 11 Sun.  Michael states that Young of MVA made an error and I didn't catch it when Young stated that bicyclists travelling more than 15 mph below the speed limit are impeding traffic and must move to the road edge to allow faster traffic to pass.  Young softened his previous statement, saying that it's only a guideline not a legal requirement, and that he overstated his case.  Michael went further by pointing out that cyclists who are travelling more than 15 mph below the speed limit sometimes need to take a narrow lane for safety, and  motorists should be patient.  He used Route 103 in HC as an example.  Michael went on to say that bicyclists have a legal right to use the middle of a lane if it's unsafe to stay right or on the shouder, and the bicyclist who is closer to the action is the one who gets to judge.  It's the law.

    Michael  tempered this advice with my suggestion for the bicyclist to find a safe area to let traffic pass when the road doesn't straighten up or widen within a reasonable period and traffic begins to stack up.  While  this wasn't said in the article, I encourage large groups on narrow roads to break up that endless string of riders to make it easier for cars  to pass.  Anyhow, Michael's clarification on the new 3 foot law  including dealing with curvy  narrow roads should be helpful.   and correct MVA's misinformation in the prior article.

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