Bike Maryland supports House Bill 445, House Bill 753, opposes House Bill 1184 and Senate Bill 847 and takes no position on House Bill 339
Bike Maryland is currently working with Delegate Cardin’s office to gain support for a stronger safe passing legislation House Bill 445 strengthens the 3 foot law by clarifying that the driver of a vehicle may not overtake a bicyclist that is going in the same direction unless a safe passing distance of at least three feet can be maintained while the bicyclist is being overtaken. It is important to clarify the law so that drivers know that they should only pass a cyclist when they can allow three feet of clearance and that they should wait to pass a cyclist until it is safe to do so, for the protection of both the driver and the cyclist.
House Bill 445 Timeline:
Bike Maryland opposes legislation that deconstructs the Manslaughter – Criminal Negligence Bill we worked so diligently to pass in 2011 and supports any legislation that further supports the existing law. Bike Maryland will support any legislation that further closes any loophole in the law that safeguards bikers, pedestrians, vulnerable users and all who use roads and waterways.
Senate Bill 847 and House Bill 1184 Timeline:
The use of a hand-held mobile phone is dangerous to everyone, especially vulnerable users such as bicyclists using the roads. House Bill 753 makes using a hand-held mobile phone a primary offense, which allows law officers to stop and cite offenders for that reason alone. Sponsors: Delegate Malone and Delegate Kach and Senator Robey et al.
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Bike Maryland encourages bicyclists to wear a helmet and understands the concern that legislators have expressed regarding head injuries. House Bill 339 has been introduced which
proposes to mandate use of helmets by all cyclists. However, because mandating helmet use may have negative effects on ridership Bike Maryland has not endorsed this bill and has expressed its concerns about the bill directly to the bill sponsors.
House Bill 339 Timeline:
Bike Maryland supports a vibrant transportation fund, and we recognize that the current economic downturn has hit the transportation trust fund hard. However, we believe that transportation revenues should be increased only if every new dollar is invested more wisely. This includes investing in bicycle and pedestrian access. It is important to allocate funds necessary to implement the State’s existing Complete Street Policy: when road and highway projects are designed to incorporate cycling infrastructure from the start, the cost is much lower than the cost of adding bike lanes and access after a project is completed. Funding is needed to develop, enhance and connect bicycling lanes and trails, improve safety signage, install more bike racks and bike friendly facilities, support bicycle awareness campaigns and to implement plans for bicycling infrastructure already included in the State’s Master Plan. Before we ask Marylanders to pay more for transportation we must assure that that we are investing wisely and not continuing the same funding strategies that created the congested, high cost transportation system we have today. The goal is to require any new gas tax revenue to go towards fixing Maryland’s existing infrastructure and creating transportation choices; target local revenues on fixing and maintaining existing infrastructure; and ensure that new road construction serves existing communities. We thank 1000 Friends of Maryland for leading this bike-friendly effort!
House Bill 1515 Timeline: