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Mar-16-10 05:03 pm
Ellicott City, EFS start, 3/20, Sat. 9:30

Start: EFS
Time: 9:30
Lunch stop: J & P resturant in Mt. Airy
Not to be mistaken with the EC-Mt.Airy ride in the BBC library. More info tonight
Mike
443-912-2016 morn. of ride only

Start: EFS
Mileage: 50-60 miles
Lunch stop: J & P Resturant
Not to be mistaken with the current EC-Mt. Airy ride in the BBC library. I'll give a detailed description tonight (need my home pc).
Mike
443-912-2016 morning of ride

Check the cue sheet library, Ann Arundel County rides 50+ miles.  The Elkridge to Davidsonville covers a route and the roads are all dry but like the rest are narrowed down.  I have not ridden all of it since the snow but I ridden parts of it and it is rideable.  In fact I may try it tomorrow if the heat wave persists.

Absolutely no way on the trail.  Roads around the airport are all dry and there are riding opportunities but forget the trail for some time to come.

Does anyone know if Roland Ave is rideable?  Also, is it possible to ride around Lake Montebello?  or any other suggestions.  The trainer is really getting old.

Feb-17-10 09:01 pm
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

cctrekker wrote:

Over on BBCTalk Baxter S. elaborated on the amended text:

"... Additionally, the bill makes it clear that the driver of a motor vehicle would not be held responsible if the bicyclist infringes upon the three foot buffer by failing to ride to the right side of the road or maintain a steady course."


The question is what will "to the right side of the road" mean to an officer?  ...

Indeed there is a problem how laws are put into the vernacular, as far right as practicable and safe unless ... the lane is too narrow to share just becomes: "Cyclists must ride as far right as practical" or in this case it could very well be incorrectly reduced to "by failing to ride to the right side of the road " missing it is the subtitle "Riding to Right Side of the Roadway" which has all the exceptions in it.

Anyway till we get mandatory police training this will continue to be a problem with law officers but should be less of a problem in the courts. The "Safe Cycling In Maryland" handbook produced by MDOT (currently out of print) Has a section on what to do when the Police get the laws wrong. It's just sad that this is such a common occurrence for cyclists that they have to give us tools how to deal with it. 

I will note that there is one state where they do sting operations enforcing this law where they put down a chalk line for 3' safe passing distance and have an under cover officer ride the route who radio's to a waiting patrol car any offenders that crossed the chalk line.

Feb-17-10 12:20 pm
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

I'll mention first that I just got word that Malone (House Environmental Matters Chair) is looking to put an amendment on the bill (just hearsay at the moment.) Odds are that it will be something we really don't like even though the current wording was meant to appease his concerns. So it looks like we might have a graceful way out by opposing the amendment and it dying by the hands of the Environmental Matters Committee as usual.

My personal point of view is in a conservative state like MD it should be standard practice to follow the lead in other states and not go and try and improve on standard wording. But we are put between a rock and a hard place in that basically we have one rep that does not agree with this and thinks he knows better then everyone else and can block most of our bills. So do we at least try to get something that is better then nothing through or keep banging our head against a brick wall?

This is a hard question to answer and in a lot of ways I applaud OLC's processes this year to reach a decision on this even though I personally disagree with the outcome. Many people who I consider peers thought this is a good way to go so I am in the minority opinion here so take what I say with a grain of salt.

While I consider myself a safe and courteous cyclists there are points in the law I willfully disobey for my safety, a strong case in point is I will not ride far right in a lane where right turns are authorized (law only allows my position in right turn ONLY lanes.) So while my road position would not have been where Jack Yates was but his position was in accordance to the letter of the law and he was still found at fault and I really don't think this law would have helped change who was at fault in this case. 

On the flip side ~2/3 of cycling fatalities are mid-block. While this definition includes turns in and out of driveways there could be a net benefit at least in who is at fault in a cyclist fatality.

Being in the minority view I am very reluctant to advise, so you all are intelligent people so follow what you think.

This years bill: http://mlis.state.md.us/2010rs/bills/sb/sb0051t.pdf
Last years bill: http://mlis.state.md.us/2009rs/bills/sb/sb0428t.pdf
Note: All cap bolded text is the additions. Brackets [] indicated deletions.

Feb-17-10 08:57 am
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy



Re-post of what I wrote on BBCTalk:
Just to note that it still has not passed the House (at lest as of two days ago as that is the delay in posting to the legislature web site.)

http://mlis.state.md.us/2010rs/billfile/HB0461.htm

Enforcing any traffic law in this state is a huge problem,  The general consensus is this bill will help after a crash.but I have my doubts as this years bill adds two exceptions to the 3' safe passing distance:

(I) THE BICYCLE, EPAMD, OR MOTOR SCOOTER RIDER FAILS TO OPERATE THE VEHICLE IN CONFORMANCE WITH § 21–1205(A) OF THIS SUBTITLE (“RIDING TO RIGHT SIDE OF ROADWAY”) OR § 21–1205.1(B) OF THIS SUBTITLE (“ROADWAY WITH BIKE LANE OR SHOULDER PAVED TO SMOOTH SURFACE”); OR
(II) A PASSING CLEARANCE OF LESS THAN 3 FEET IS CAUSED SOLELY BY THE BICYCLE, EPAMD, OR MOTOR SCOOTER RIDER 10 FAILING TO MAINTAIN A STEADY COURSE.

In other words "but the cyclist swerved" would be a codified legal excuse as would be "but the cyclists was not riding as far right as possible."

Feb-16-10 11:32 am
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Enki wrote:

I've noticed a large number of the comments on this and other places always seem to focus on how cars pay for the road (gas tax, tags, etc) and cyclists don't pay so should get access to the road.  Ignoring the fact that most of us also drive, roads have more sources of funds then that.  So why does it seem like no one tried to break it down?

Something like calculate the total amount of money spent on roads building and maintaining including things like snow removal  for all roads in the state (state and local).  Then find all the sources of money that pays for it:
- Money from the federal government
a) federal gas tax
b) other federal money (i.e. show the gas tax doesn't cover it all)
- Money from the state
a) state gas tax
b) drivers licence
c) driving fines
d) other sources

FWIW I submitted a comment with links to the facts which was not posted. Anyway the League of American Cyclists (which the BBC supports) has this: http://www.bikeleague.org/action/trasht … ourway.php

Feb-11-10 05:24 pm
Category: Social

Thanks, but I know what a reputation is, and I got a sense of what the paragraph was trying to say.  But the paragraph sounds like Google translated it from a foreign language.  That was my point.

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