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Mar-08-10 07:56 pm
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Our safe passing bill may be stuck in the House Environmental Matters Committee (again) It might be an interesting approach if you got car details (License # and description) and reported it to Balto City or County police as well as Delegate Sheryl Glenn. 

Personally I think riding with a video camera is like getting Murphy's Law to work in your favor, as nothing happens when it's running. current/wink

Mar-07-10 08:51 am
Law suit filed in Jack Yates case
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

One time Bob Moore gave me a lift to a meeting and as we were passing a truck (on the right) the truck made a right turn in front of us without signaling. Who would  at fault if there was an accident? We know from other sources that the truck did not signal and it was the cyclist that was passing the truck (at the time but I wounder if the truck did not pass the cyclist at some point earlier.)

I guess some of my frustration with this is all the publicity about scoff law cyclists and here is a truck that disobeyed the law by not signaling and essentially people are making up laws to put the cyclists at fault.

IMHO the cycling community should be outraged ether at the police for faulting a cyclists obeying our far right law or at our far right law that puts cyclists at risk.

Mar-06-10 10:19 pm
Law suit filed in Jack Yates case
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Terry, If this was a shared lane situation I might have some empathy for your position but if this was a pedestrian that passed the truck on the right then got nailed in the intersection would your position change? Or if it was a truck making a right turn from the middle travel lane without turn signals would your position change? If you were riding in an empty parking lane and got a ticket for failure to obey traffic signs would your position change? This case has all of these elements.

While I will agree that cyclists for their safety to exercise extreme caution around trucks especially because light and large trucks kill more cyclists then cars (damn inadequate commercial drivers training) but even so I have a hard time faulting the cyclists for failure to exercise the maximum safety precautions any more the the truck should be at fault for not having their headlights on during the day (a maximum safety precaution.)

I will also note per the letter of the law a cyclist at this intersection has to be as far right as practicable since there is no right turn only lane.

Mar-05-10 04:20 pm
Law suit filed in Jack Yates case
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

The way I am reading it, the police are saying bicycles cannot legally ride in a parking lane (never mind that this is a combo travel/parking lane.)

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