Aug 282012
"Bikes May Use Full Lane" signs going up in Maryland

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is now installing “Bicycles May Use Full Lane” (BMUFL) signs around Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Maryland SHA’s written guidance for use of these signs is in this three page document.  That document leaves a lot of gaps, but SHA’s traffic and safety director supplied more depth in an interview with Jim Titus of WABA.  For more from Jim, see his post on Greater Greater Washington. SHA’s primary guidance states that BMUFL signs may be used on roads where the usable space for the cyclist in the right lane is 13 feet or narrower.  Usable means, for example, that gutters don’t count as part of the 13 feet (gutters are typically 12-16 inches wide).  […]

Aug 252012
Hazards on the Bethesda Trolley Trail bridges

There are several major hazards on the Bethesda Trolley Trail bridges over I-270.  Check out this photo album of the trouble spots. The worst hazards are related to the Derecho storm that hit the D.C. area on June 29th, 2012.   The problems include: A downed communications wire laying across half the trail Orange traffic cones in the trail that make it difficult to get around one of the bollards Trail bollards folded down to allow access by vehicles repairing Derecho damage A tree that fell on the trail railing at one point (since removed) All of these hazards have been reported to the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) but the wire and folded down bollards remain. In addition, some […]

 Posted by at 4:07 pm on Aug 25, 2012  Comments Off on Hazards on the Bethesda Trolley Trail bridges
Aug 102012

The August MCBAG meeting is cancelled. The meeting will not be held at MCDOT’s Gaithersburg location.  The meeting will not be held at MCDOT’s Rockville location.  The location of canceled meetings will rotate between not here and not there. The next MCBAG meeting will be September 20th in Rockville.  The address is  101 Monroe Street, 9th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850 .  The October meeting will be in Gaithersburg.

 Posted by at 1:14 pm on Aug 10, 2012  Comments Off on August MCBAG meeting is cancelled
Aug 042012

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on two separate incidents where cyclists were fatally struck on the same road in the same week. One speeding driver struck the rear tire of James Price‘s bike about 5 a.m. July 25 in the 7400 block of Penn Avenue. Price, 46, of Homewood, who was wearing a helmet and had his headlight and rear light operating, died about 5:30 a.m. in UPMC Presbyterian. The motorist, who was driving a white vehicle, is being sought by police. On Wednesday, Anthony Green, 47, of Wilkinsburg, was struck from behind while riding his bike about 10 p.m. [July 31] in the 7700 block of Penn Avenue in Wilkinsburg. He died Thursday. The driver who hit him and remained […]

 Posted by at 2:31 pm on Aug 4, 2012  Comments Off on Pittsburgh crashes, four-foot passing law