Do you know your manditory use bike lanes?

Figure 1 Sample Bike Lane. Figure 2. Sample Bike Route w/small shoulder.
Did you know that one of the lanes pictured above is a NOT a mandatory use bike lane for us in Maryland? This article from AZ covers many of the issues that we face here in Maryland over the confusion with extra width that is not defined.

There seems to be a rash of confusion amongst the general public -- both motorists and cyclists -- about what constitutes a bike lane. Adding to the confusion, is the term Bike Route, and compounding all of that is penchant by all most all Maryland DOTs to paint a solid white stripe enclosing whatever space is left over between the right hand travel lane and the gutter.

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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