Jamin Raskin - Maryland Senate

By Jamin Raskin

In this, my final session of my first term, the General Assembly passed 21 of my bills, many of them landmark pieces of progressive legislation, including:
3-Foot Bike Buffer Zone: When a motorist overtakes a bicyclist, this law will require the motorist to give the bicyclist at least a three-foot buffer zone. The bill passed out of the Senate unanimously many weeks ago but had been stalled in the House of Delegates until this last week when a terrible accident in Baltimore woke everyone up about how dangerous it has become for people on bikes. Lawrence Bensky was a middle-aged man from Owings Mills riding a bicycle in a bicycle lane when he was struck and killed by a driver who cavalierly crashed through what would have been a buffer zone under the law. Now everyone will be educated and on notice that people on bikes have rights too. Many thanks to Casey Anderson, Win Allred and my friends at One Less Car and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.
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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. ( http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/bb_nutrition/ ) 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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