By tom - December 10, 2013
City of Baltimore Council Bill 13-0262 – Special Traffic Enforcement Officers (STEO) – Citywide Jurisdiction was voted upon favorably. Click here to view bill.
Carol Silldorff, Bike Maryland Executive Director, testified that allowed use of STEOs will provide opportunities to increase bicycling in Baltimore as this will reduce costs for groups like Bike Maryland and Be More Streets for People to open streets for bicyclists that are free of motorists during special events. This will allow families, children, new and experienced bicyclists to enjoy riding on streets without any potential vehicle conflict. Bicycling reduces congestion, pollution, obesity related diseases and betters the economy through increased tourism dollars!
Reducing costs that are associated with bicycle related events is an important step in promoting a bicycle friendly Baltimore. We thank the Council, Department of Recreation and Parks, Police Department, and the Department of Transportation for supporting this important legislation.