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Cycling Scotland : See cyclist. Think Horse. [video]

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Take Action Alert to Help Strengthen the 3 Feet to Pass Law!

Bike Maryland updatesVia Bike Maryland

Please Take Action now to pass Maryland pro-bicycle legislation. Act today in support of House Bill 241 and help strengthen the current 3 feet to pass law. Send a letter to the Maryland Environmental Committee below.

Send the pre-written letter as it is below or even better make a few polite personal comments in the letter.

http://bikemd.org/page.php?id=676
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Anti-Bicycle Policing Must Stop

Biking in BaltimoreThis post in Bikemore is very alarming. Please follow the link and at the bottom are some email address, please write.

http://www.bikemore.net/blog/anti-bicycle-policing-must-stop

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Tempe PD Bicycle Thefts/Trafficking Investigation and Arrest

News you will not see in Maryland[B' Spokes: News you will not see around here. :( On a government web site no less!]

http://www.tempe.gov/index.aspx?page=31&recordid=2415
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Bike safety advocates push 2 bills, get frosty reception in Maryland General Assembly

Politics[B' Spokes: This is way we need to connect with those that represent us.]
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By Ashley Halsey III, Washington Post

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“I’m a little shell-shocked that there are so many bike bills,” said Del. James E. Malone Jr. (D-Baltimore-Howard counties), who chaired the hearing before the House Environmental Matters Committee. “This year it’s four feet, and next year it’s five feet, and before you know it the cars are on the shoulders and the bikes are on the road.”

Malone said many cyclists he observes “don’t pay any attention to the rules of the road.” [Is he including us not riding far right as possible on a lane too narrow to share as State highways asserted? Confusion over what the rules are for cyclists and signaling out cyclists as the sole source scofflaw behavior on our roads are a big problem here.]
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/bike-safety-advocates-push-2-bills-get-frosty-reception-in-maryland-general-assembly/2014/01/28/81fc1c3c-8861-11e3-a5bd-844629433ba3_story.html
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Maryland Cyclists Against DOT Saying Stupid Shit

Biking in MarylandI started a new Facebook group to see how much support I could gather to change what we have into something better.

What we have in Maryland:
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What we would like to see instead:
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Maryland Cyclists Against DOT Saying Stupid Shit

After all you don't want to see this here: Delaware Cyclist Ticketed for Riding His Bike
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The Invention of Jaywalking Was a Massive Shaming Campaign

Biking ElsewhereBy Matt Novak, Paleofuture

Before the invention of the car, jaywalking wasn't a recognized concept. Want to get across the street? Then just walk across the street—nobody's going to stop you. But the rise of the automobile posed a new problem for people of the early 20th century. While the median state-designated speed limit for American cities was just 10 miles per hour in 1906, the pace of American streets soon increased enough that people who wanted to cross them were suddenly putting themselves in harm's way. So cities across the U.S. started to regulate where and when pedestrians could cross.
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Despite the clear mortal danger, these regulations were pretty broadly ignored until motorists and police started using an even more powerful force than law: ridicule.
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http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/the-invention-of-jaywalking-was-a-massive-shaming-campa-858926923
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So what would it look like if we had to obey both cycling laws and slow moving vehicle laws?

Bike LawsIntro:

So in my conversations with SHA they stated something along the lines "You don't get to pick and choose what traffic laws you have to obey. So slow moving vehicle laws apply to cyclists." But I've always looked at cycling laws as a of clarification of slow moving vehicle law for cyclists. Slow moving vehicle law has "right-hand lane" or "as close as practicable to the right" and cycling laws basically have the same thing but with better explanations when one or the other can be applied. Not to mention the abundance of material that explains how bicycling law should be applied for safety. The from out of nowhere SHA pulls out the so called "requirement" that cyclists must obey slow moving threatens to mess that all up.

So why bring up up slow moving vehicle law at all? Is it just another excuse to say something close to "cyclists need to stay out of the way of cars"? How about SHA needs to build us nice cycling facilities so we could be out of the way of cars? For me this is just a victim blaming thing. Public roads are public space and need to be shared by the public. And everyone needs to be clear on the rules and MDOT has a habit of trying to mess up those rules.

When I was a kid I rode to the right and no big deal, motorists were respectful of my presence. When I got back on the bike in 2000 right hooks and close passing galore. So I found out about "taking the lane" and the problem virtually went away. Again overly stressing cyclist must ride far right is another victim blaming thing. If motorists were polite, courteous and thoughtful to cyclists there may have never been the need to make "taking the lane" lawful for cyclists.

Taking the lane is no more rude than motorists who follow other motorists at a safe 2 second distance. Sure everyone tailgates nowadays and when I drive with a safe following distance I upset drivers behind me but the extra buffer space has saved me (and those following me) from a crash on more than one occasion. Likewise "taking the lane has helped me avoid being in an crash multiple times.

Promoting cyclists must ride right under the unspoken pretence that traffic moves faster that way would be like promoting tailgating to help traffic move faster. Not only is there no net improvement in the flow of traffic more crashes result and crashes are a major source of delays, just listen to the radio during rush hour. (BTW I never hear about safety campaigns or enforcement efforts to crack down on tailgating so in a way it is promoted.)



So what would guidance look like if we had to obey slow moving vehicle law?
So in trying to follow SHA's logic that we can't pick and choose what laws we need to obey I have to start off with choosing to ignoring the following to get close to SHA's statements.
What SHA chooses to ignore:
  • § 21-1202.1 which I take to mean if the bicycle subtitle covers bicycles going slower than the speed limit so therefore other sections in traffic law that cover going slower than the speed limit don't apply.
  • The slow moving vehicle law that says: shall be driven in the right-hand lane then available for traffic or...

So everyone grab their speedometers because they will be necessary to follow these set of rules and let's see what kind of farce SHA has in store for us.

Here is a chart that shows what rules are applicable based on your speed in relation to the speed limit.

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Slow Moving Vehicle LawBicycling LawRegular Vehicle Law
How far rightas close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway (sans "and safe")as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable and safe (when applicable)n/a
When required to ride far rightAlwaysOnly in a lane that is wide enough to share (13'-14' or greater), that is not a right turn only lane, on a two way street and the cyclist is not preparing to turn left or the cyclists is avoiding hazards. (Not many streets fit this criteria.)n/a
Shoulder useMandatory regardless of conditionOptional unless speed limit is greater than 50 MPH then shoulder use is requiredDiscouraged
Special equipment a slow moving vehicle emblem unless you average 25 MPH or better*n/an/a
When making a left turnFrom the right side onlyMay use the left side for traffic in that directionMust use the left side for traffic in that direction
One way streetStay on the rightMay use the left side n/a
Avoiding pedestrians or road hazardsNot clearMay move left to avoidWhatever is deemed appropriate to avoid.
The right lane is a right turn only laneStay on the rightMay ride further leftAvoid (unless turning)
Operating in a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle or motor scooter and another vehicle to travel safely side by side within the laneStay on the rightMay use the full laneUse the full lane
* If your average is 12 mph for example and you are traveling on 25 mph roads you never become a slow moving vehicle so no a slow moving vehicle emblem is required.
Have you ever seen such a complicated mess before?
As I said a complete and utter farce and only designed to confuse everyone on the road so cyclists will be continued to be harassed. Of course none of this would be asserted if you understand slow moving vehicle law as saying shall be driven in the right-hand lane then available for traffic.
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Drivers please slow down 5 MPH makes a big difference! [video]

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How to become the all powerful bike lobey

PoliticsSend me picture of you and whoever you support that's running for an office as long as they are a cyclist or are aware that you are a cyclist then they deserve some time on this site. So I'll start this off with me and Brian Frosh, two cyclists! image
Brian Frosh for attorney general
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