ANNAPOLIS The ninth annual Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Symposium will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2006 from 8:30 am to 4 pm at the President's Conference Center, West, Miller Senate Office Building.
Attendees will learn about the recently passed federal transportation bill SAFETEA-LU and how it will affect transportation funding for Maryland.
The best way to build forgiving streets is to erect buffers, in both space and time, between fast-moving drivers and much more vulnerable bicyclists and pedestrians.
In Maryland on average ~ every two hours a pedestrian or cyclist bounces off a car and ends up injured or dead.
-By increasing knowledge of the rules of the road for bicyclists and for motorists relating to bicyclists, law enforcement officers can better serve the community and potentiallly save a life.
Imagine for a sec you are in your car about to make a left turn and you get rear ended and the police cite you at being at fault for going slow in the fast lane.
Well that is the case if you are a cyclist.
Summary: SB 551 would provide that bicycles and motor scooters can ride
anywhere in a traffic lane if they are traveling at the "normal" speed of
traffic. It also would add several other circumstances (the avoidance of
pedestrians or road hazards, approaching locations where right turns are
authorized, and operating in a lane that is too narrow to travel side by
side with other traffic) under which these vehicles need not be ridden to
the far right of the roadway, even when traveling slower than the normal
speed of traffic.
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The summit is a really worthwhile event which I encourage you to attend.
The program is 2 days of sessions and speakers on legislative priorities and
notable projects and programs which we can use as models, and 1 day on
Capital Hill meeting with our congressional delegation to talk about the
issues which are important to bicyclists and pedestrians, and the federal
programs which are essential in the effort to build safe streets and healthy
Even if you can\'t make the whole conference, I encourage you to join us on
Thursday when we meet with Maryland\'s members of Congress to talk about
As a special incentive, the first 125 people to register before Dec. 31 not
only get an early bird registration price, but could win a refund and other
valuable prizes. So sign up early and save.
Details and registration online at:
Let me know if you have questions about the Bike Summit, or if I can help
convince you of the importance of this effort in DC.