Trail advocates have recently been pushing the county to study the idea of building hiker-biker trails in the rights-of-way of major Pepco power lines. These strips of land can be ideal sites for trails because they are generally free of development and forest cover, consist of many miles of continuous straight segments, and cut directly from community to community to create excellent connections. Montgomery County’s Pedestrian, Bicycle and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (PBTSAC) has commissioned a working group of public officials and stakeholders to explore the issue. The PBTSAC may then make a recommendation to the County Executive and/or County Council. The working group met with Pepco and presented its findings to the PBTSAC last week. To sum it up, […]
Check out WABA’s summary of bike-related progress in the Maryland legislature this year. If you’re ever inclined to lament the Maryland General Assembly, be happy you don’t have to deal with the Virginia legislature.
WTOP radio aired a news story last week that made an astonishingly incorrect statement about bicycling laws in Maryland, Virginia and D.C.: D.C., Maryland and Virginia law states bicyclists can ride the center of the travel lane only if they’re going the speed limit. Even worse, it attributed this assertion (with respect to Maryland) to the Montgomery County Police Department and said bike advocates are wrong on the point. “Cyclists can’t necessarily always go as fast as traffic, but the law does give cyclists the right to use the road,” says [WABA Executive Director Shane] Farthing. But Montgomery County Police Lt. Bob McCullough, deputy director of the traffic division, says that’s not the case. Slow-moving bikes need to move to […]
Here’s the Bike Helmet Challenge. 1. Spend a week driving your car with a bike helmet with you. To make it easy, you don’t actually have to wear the helmet. Of course wearing the helmet might call attention to the irony of not requiring helmets for the biggest cause of head injury deaths in the U.S. (driving) or to the mussed hair problem. But for this challenge, you just have to keep the helmet with you in the car. 2. But when you get to your destination, you can’t leave the helmet in the car. You have to take it with you. You don’t have to have it with you at every moment… if you’re at work you can keep […]
These two bills were rejected by the Maryland House Environmental Matters Committee, which means they’re effectively dead for this year: House Bill 445, which would have removed the “narrow highway” exception to Maryland’s three-foot safe passing statute enacted in 2010 (interpreted by some to mean that drivers don’t have to give three feet if it would mean crossing the centerline). See the CycleMoco discussion of this bill here. House Bill 160, which would have legalized riding bikes on sidewalks in localities with no local laws on the subject. Montgomery, Prince George’s and Howard counties and Baltimore city all have local laws. Some jurisdictions, including Gaithersburg, have local laws prohibiting sidewalk riding and this bill wouldn’t change that. Jim Titus provides details […]