By Bruce Cohen - February 16, 2015
We’ve had another productive week working for better cycling conditions in Maryland by gaining co-sponsors to the House 3′ bill and meeting with the acting secretary of Transportation.
The Better 3′ Bills have been introduced as Senate Bill 0547 by Senator Kathy Klausmeier and House Bill 0588 by Delegate Steve Lafferty. These identical bills improve Maryland’s 3′ law by removing the inadequate road space exemption and by adding a ‘slow to pass’ clause. Last week, Delegate Lafferty’s bill was co-sponsored by Delegates Susan Aumann, Christian Miele, Brooke Lierman, Maggie McIntosh, Al Carr, Barbara Frosh, Eric Luedtke and David Fraser-Hidalgo.
Now’s your chance to support these bills! Please contact your state senator and delegate to vote favorably for these bills. Send a message to your General Assembly representatives online, click here to fill in your address and send a quick message to your elected officials.
If you want to testify email Emily to have her sign you up or collect your written testimony. The Senate bill hearing is February 24th and the House bill hearing is March 5th.
Last week, Emily and I met with Pete Rahn, Acting Secretary for the Department of Transportation. During our 45 minute meeting, we discussed how we would like to see Maryland progress as a state with bicycle friendly policies and funding mechanisms.
Like any good watchdog organization, this last month we have been in contact with our bicycle advocate counterparts in New Mexico and Missouri to learn about their experiences with Mr. Rahn. We know what happened in those states and will be on-guard to make sure that Maryland does not backslide on our bike improvements. Full paving, our bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee, and institutionalized bicycle and pedestrian accommodation in SHA have all made Maryland a better place to bike and live; we will not let these go without a fight.