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Bike Maryland Legislative Task Force meeting (if you can help get involved)

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Please let me know if there is a specific issue you would like to work on below:
 
Legislative Priorities:
• Distracted driving legislation to make a driver’s use of a hand-held mobile phone a primary offense.
• Strengthen passing legislation by requiring motorists to pass cyclists safely, including a combination of:
   a. Slowing Down: perhaps to within 15 mph of the speed of the cyclist
   b. Moving Left: to allow three feet to pass
   c. Crossing a Solid Line: when it is safe to do so (applies to any slow-moving vehicle)
   d. Waiting: until it is safe to pass and allow three feet of clearance
• Dedicated funding for bicycling/complete streets/drivers education - requiring a dedicated percentage of transportation funds to be used to enhance and increase the number of bicycling lanes and paths, improve signage relating to bicyclists’ use of the roads and three feet to pass, and to implement plans for cycling infrastructure already included in the State’s Master Plan. 
Other  items to support:
• Driver competency through the life cycle – renewal testing.
• Requiring drivers to render aid to injured persons in an accident.
• Development of ICC bicycle infrastructure
• 24 hour trail access for bicyclists for commuting purposes and more
• University Facility Plans – Bicycle Inclusion
• Transportation enhancement match 80/20 vs. 50/50 funding by state-  (research assistance is needed here)
• Allowance of bicycles on MARC trains

Tasks:

• Call legislators and aids and offer assistance
• Develop relationships with legislators
• Establish partnerships
• Respond to constituent concerns
• Perform research (draft bill language)
• Seek co-sponsors
• Develop fact sheets (where does law already exist? gather data)
• Obtain community and business support (i.e. AAA-Mid Atlantic)
• Educate government leaders (i.e. MDOT)
• Hearing support – verbal and written testimony
• Track legislation – post via social media outlets – enhance outreach
Thank you!
Carol
 
Carol Silldorff
Executive Director
Bike Maryland
1209 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-960-6493 direct
www.bikemd.org
 

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