Cyclist's Safety Act of 2006

A very important cycling legislation is being heard on 2/28 and we need state wide support and more importantly YOUR support by 2/26!


  1. Click on one of the Bills above to be informed
  2. Read position statements below
  3. Write your own testimony why you feel this is an important bill to pass or:
    1. a simple I agree with __ points
    2. a simple I support these bills.
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One Less Cars Points:

  • This bill supports the ability for bicyclists to ride on the roadway when there is a bike lane or shoulder; 43 other states already allow bicyclists to ride on the roadway.
  • The bill also modifies the equipment requirements required under State law, including strengthening the braking provisions, allowing rear lights that can act as a reflector, and allowing operation of bicycles and motors scooters without a bike bell.

Baltimore Spokes points:

by B' Spokes

Like most people I live a hectic life and who has the time for much exercise? Thanks to xtracycle now I do. By using my bike for daily activities I can get things done and get an hour plus work out in 15 minutes extra of my time, not a bad deal and beats taking the extra time going to the gym. In case you are still having trouble being motivated; the National Center of Disease Control says that inactivity is the #2 killer in the United States just behind smoking. ( ) Get out there and start living life! I can carry home a full shopping cart of groceries, car pool two kids or just get lost in the great outdoors camping for a week. Well I got go, another outing this weekend.
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MDOT opposes repeal of mandatory shoulder use by cyclists for safety reasons? That's a laugh. Statistics show that one of the leading causes of bike accidents is DEBRIS. Debris is found almost exclusively on shoulders. Requiring cyclists to ride where there is a known hazard is CRIMINAL. Almost no bike accidents occur because a cyclist was riding continuously in a regular travel lane. The dangers are at intersections (with other roads/driveways) and when cyclists suddenly 'swerve' (in the words of the motorist) into the travel lane from the shoulder (to avoid DEBRIS, parked cars, etc.). MDOT doesn't know squat about safe cycling. They only care about getting cyclists "out of the way" so they can drive to their MDOT jobs more quickly. Except that, it's not really hordes of bicyclists holding them up every morning and evening on their commutes, is it? It's hordes of other drivers in single-occupant SUVs.