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Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: Too good not to share.]
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By William Browne, Waldorf, So MD News


To answer the letter writer John Limerick [“Bicycling laws,” Maryland Independent, July 18]: It is legal for a cyclist to ride on any road in Maryland regardless of speed limit as long as it’s not strictly prohibited. Maryland law 21-1205.1 (a) (1) states: Cyclists may operate on the shoulder of a roadway where the posted speed limit exceeds 50 mph unless otherwise prohibited.

For instance, when entering I-95 signs are posted “no cyclists, pedestrians etc.” All of the roads listed in your letter are perfectly legal places to ride a bicycle. Cyclists are not excused from the rules of the road unless it’s a closed event. As far as “riding on the shoulder” goes, just because the shoulder looks safe and open while you fly by at great speed doesn’t mean it’s not littered with broken glass, debris and potholes. If that’s the case, cyclists are forced to ride near the white line.

The cycling event you are refering too was probably Bike MS, an event that raises money for multiple sclerosis research. Like any large event, permits are granted and roads closed and cyclists/motorists protected by police during these events.

Not everyone in Southern Maryland is blessed with an automobile. Some people are forced to walk or ride a bike and some choose to do this because they want to be healthy or like to help the environment out.

I would suggest getting on a bike and riding to the local grocery store and back home. See how difficult it is and how abused you feel at the end of your trip. You are just one of hundreds of motorists who whiz by, yell obsenities, throwing things and performing dangerous maneauvers with their vehicle all because you have been incovenienced for 15 seconds by the scourge of the earth “cyclists with attitudes.” How dare they infringe on you.

This is a small example of what’s wrong with our country today. No one can be inconvenienced by another party without taking it personally or berating that group altogether.

<a href="http://www.somdnews.com/article/20120727/OPINION/707259837/-1/share-the-road&amp;template=southernMaryland">http://www.somdnews.com/article/20120727/OPINION/707259837/-1/share-the-road&amp;template=southernMaryland</a>;
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FARS 2010 DATA (Maryland is still in the top 10 (worst))

Biking in MarylandPercentage of Road Fatalities that are Bike/Ped National Maryland Ranks #8 (worst)
Listing of Counties from worst to best with the total line sorted in to show who is above and below the state norm. (Counties with no bike/ped fatalities not shown.)
County Person Type Total Killed
Driver Passenger Motorcyclists Pedestrian Pedalcyclist Other/Unknown Total
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent bike/ped percent
ANNE ARUNDEL (3)1338.2514.7514.71132.400003410032.4
MONTGOMERY (31)1634919.1714.91429.812.1004710031.9
BALTIMORE (5)2440.7813.61016.91627.111.7005910028.8
BALTIMORE CITY (510)1128.2923.1820.51025.612.6003910028.2
CARROLL (13)1055.600316.7422.215.6001810027.8
ST. MARY'S (37)654.5218.200327.300001110027.3
QUEEN ANNE'S (35)654.5218.20019.1218.2001110027.3
PRINCE GEORGE'S (33)4247.21415.71011.22224.711.1008910025.8
WASHINGTON (43)637.5425212.542500001610025
Total21343.28817.88216.610120.581.610.249310022.1
HARFORD (25)626.114.31252.2417.400002310017.4
CHARLES (17)633.3527.8422.2316.700001810016.7
WORCESTER (47)433.3541.718.318.318.3001210016.6
CALVERT (9)337.5112.5337.5112.50000810012.5
CAROLINE (11)450112.5225112.50000810012.5
FREDERICK (21)1041.7520.8625312.500002410012.5
GARRETT (23)562.522500112.50000810012.5
CECIL (15)952.9423.5211.8211.800001710011.8
http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/States/StatesCrashesAndAllVictims.aspx#ctl00_PageContent_ctlStYrStCrVic6_lblTableName
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Pedestrian Fatality Rate National Maryland Ranks #8 (worst)
RankCountyPedestrians KilledPopulationPedestrian Fatality Rate per 100,000 Population
1GARRETT (23) 1 30,063 3.33
2CAROLINE (11) 1 33,093 3.02
3ST. MARY'S (37) 3 105,786 2.84
4WASHINGTON (43) 4 147,558 2.71
5PRINCE GEORGE'S (33) 22 865,271 2.54
6CARROLL (13) 4 167,241 2.39
7QUEEN ANNE'S (35) 1 47,899 2.09
8ANNE ARUNDEL (3) 11 539,198 2.04
9CHARLES (17) 3 147,086 2.04
10BALTIMORE (5) 16 805,709 1.99
11CECIL (15) 2 101,199 1.98
12WORCESTER (47) 1 51,431 1.94
13HARFORD (25) 4 245,177 1.63
14BALTIMORE CITY (510) 10 620,583 1.61
15MONTGOMERY (31) 14 976,203 1.43
16FREDERICK (21) 3 234,122 1.28
17CALVERT (9) 1 88,936 1.12
18ALLEGANY (1) 0 75,021 0.00
19DORCHESTER (19) 0 32,650 0.00
20HOWARD (27) 0 288,376 0.00
21KENT (29) 0 20,222 0.00
22SOMERSET (39) 0 26,481 0.00
23TALBOT (41) 0 37,834 0.00
24WICOMICO (45) 0 98,843 0.00
TOTAL1015,785,9821.75
http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/States/StatesPedestrians.aspx
Last Year
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Our View: Bicycles are going mainstream

Biking in Marylandvia DelmarvaNow.Com

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Each bicycle trip that serves a useful purpose translates to one less motor vehicle on the road. Cumulatively, this correlates to less wear and tear on roads and other infrastructure, less traffic congestion on some roads, less gasoline consumed and lower levels of emissions in the air. Over time, individuals using bicycles on a fairly regular basis to go places to which they otherwise would have driven a motor vehicle become more physically fit and healthier, which could lead to a reduced need for medical interventions and medications. That means whatever money the individuals might have spent on health care services remains available for discretionary spending. That can be thousands of dollars a year per household, enough to make an impact that's sustainable as long as the activity level is maintained.
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The benefits of accommodating bicyclists are clear: Healthier people, lower emissions, fewer motor vehicles using the road, less wear and tear on both roads and motor vehicles, and more money in people's pockets. If there is a downside, it's not immediately obvious.

This increasing use of bicycles is a movement we'd like to see gain momentum.

<a href="http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20120727/OPINION01/207270318/Our-View-Bicycles-going-mainstream">http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20120727/OPINION01/207270318/Our-View-Bicycles-going-mainstream</a>;
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Press Release: Performance Bicycle Awards $30,000 in Grants - Bike Maryland gets $3,000

Biking in Maryland
  Performance Bicycle ® Announces its 
'Better Bicycling Community' Grants Winners
Nation's Largest Independent Cycling Retailer Awards
10 Local Communities With $3,000 Grants 
CHAPEL HILL, NC (Aug. 1, 2012) - Performance Bicycle®,the nation's largest independent cycling retailer, is proud to announce the winners of its $30,000 in "Better Bicycling Community" grants. Ten community organizations from across America were chosen to receive a $3,000 grant to support local efforts in making cycling more accessible.
 
"It was a tough decision to narrow it down to 10 recipients," said Performance Bicycle Chief Executive Officer David Pruitt. "We want to thank all the terrific organizations dedicated to making cycling more accessible. Each one is a vital part of their community and we appreciate their hard work and commitment."
 
From rejuvenating a mountain bike trail to raising support for better bike lane infrastructure, each grant will address a critical local cycling need. The grants will be administered in collaboration with the Alliance for Biking & Walking.
 
"It's been great working with Performance on this initiative," said Alliance for Biking & Walking President / CEO Jeff Miller. "Promoting safe and enjoyable bicycling is one of our top priorities, and to have a company like Performance help advance cycling at this level is fantastic. We are honored to be working with each of the community groups and looking forward to seeing the final results of their efforts."
 
The ten organizations that will receive a Better Bicycling Community grant are spread across the country. Each will involve the community and will work with their local Performance store to achieve their grant goals. . The funded campaigns are as follows:
 
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Bike Maryland (Baltimore, Maryland): Bicycle Friendly Maryland Campaign
Bike Maryland is devoted to improving the overall bikeability of Maryland by implementing the guidelines laid out by the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly America (BFA) program. Working closely with businesses, universities, and communities throughout the state, they strive to make Maryland a more bicycle friendly place to live, work, and play.
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About Performance Bicycle®:
Performance Bicycle® is the No. 1 specialty bicycle retailer in the U.S. and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Performance Inc. Performance provides a multi-channel cycling retail experience that spans more than 100 stores nationwide, and www.PerformanceBike.com, all catering to both the avid cycling enthusiast and the recreational rider. Performance Inc. is majority owned by North Castle Partners of Greenwich, Conn. For more information about Performance Bicycle, please visit www.PerformanceBike.com.
 
About the Alliance for Biking & Walking:
The Alliance for Biking & Walking is the coalition of more than 200 state and local bicycle and pedestrian organizations working together to promote bicycling and walking in North American communities. To learn more about the Alliance, visit 
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MD Streets Rank No. 8 in Bicycle Safety

Biking in MarylandB' Spokes: (In reaction to the Silver Spring Patch article of the same name.) Er... no. LAB's ranking has nothing to do with safety, especially the overall ranking of all the following areas combined: Legislation and Enforcement, Policies and Programs, Infrastructure and Funding, Education and Encouragement, Evaluation and Planning.

I will also highlight LAB's feedback (note the last item in regards to safety.)

• Develop a Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) curriculum for bicycling enforcement both for new officers and continuing education – focus on laws related to bicyclists, interactions between motorists and bicyclists, and bicycle collision investigation.
• Adopt federal funding project rating criteria that incentivize bicycle projects and accommodations. The state is spending a low amount, less than .50 percent, of federal funding on bicyclists and pedestrians, particularly on transportation enhancements.
• Bicycle ridership, while good, must continue to increase. Determine barriers that people face when bicycling and implement a comprehensive strategy to reduce barriers and increase ridership.
• Add bicycle safety as an emphasis area in the state Strategic Highway Safety Plan and aggressively fund bike safety projects.

The Patch article: <a href="http://silverspring.patch.com/articles/md-streets-rank-no-8-in-bicycle-safety-119465af">http://silverspring.patch.com/articles/md-streets-rank-no-8-in-bicycle-safety-119465af</a>;
LAB's report card for Maryland: <a href="http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/bicyclefriendlystate/bfs_report_cards/maryland.pdf">http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/bicyclefriendlystate/bfs_report_cards/maryland.pdf</a>;
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- Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
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Bike Parking Regulations For Private Businesses Are They Kosher?

Biking in MarylandImagine driving your car to do some business with a company and you park your car in a parking space out front and while you are inside shopping they tow your car away and smash your driver side window.

The business you were shopping at claims they can do this because of some internal memo or obscure thing on the web and since it is private property they can do whatever they want.

That would be total outrageous so why do we put up with that when talking about bicycle parking? In my experiences there is too much "You can't park here." along with "No I don't know where you can park." as well as "I can make up whatever rules I feel like when it comes to bicycles."

I will strongly assert provide good bicycle parking per the guidelines and you will not need draconic policies that involve breaking locks and removal of the offending bicycle. A friendly note on the handlebars asking them to park in the designated area next time should be all that is needed.

Now if a cyclist parks somewhere you don't want and there is decent available bike parking within 500 feet [should have been 120 feet] then I can understand going all medieval on the bike but I don't think that is the normal situation. What seems to be the case is: Cars littering vast tracks of the landscape are "pretty" and necessary but bikes scattered all willy nilly is "ugly" and must be dealt with by extreme measures. This is just the wrong kind of thinking! If cyclists become such a "problem" then that shows that they need more accommodations, not "Let's go medieval on those barbarians and hope they go away."

Note: I have had my lock sawed through and my bike confiscated by a business. And I'm sorry but returning my bike with a broken lock is not an all's well that ends well type of situation. Without the ability to lock my bike, my mode of transportation was turned into a toy that I could only ride around my house and do nothing useful with it (other then just exercise.) That's why I included breaking the car window in my opening analogy, the usefulness of a car is diminished with a broken window, just as my bike's usefulness was diminished without a lock.


Reacting to University of Maryland Bicycle Parking and Impoundment Regulations

Bicycles shall be parked in accordance with federal, state, and local fire and safety regulations. Bicycles shall not be parked or stored in the following areas:
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B. Against or fastened to any tree, plant, bush, or other landscape item [Not against federal, state, and local fire and safety regulations]
C. Against or fastened to any ..., fence, ..., railing, ... ...
D. Upon or attached to any ingress/egress ramp, stairway or stairwell railing or otherwise fastened to ... any exit/entrance to any University building [As long as not impeding pedestrian movement, this too is not against federal, state, and local fire and safety regulations, unless the local fire department has gone anti-bike as well.]
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UMCP maintains the right to impound, and will remove security devices at the expense of the owner/operator, any bicycle that is ... parked in violation of these regulations. [UMCP wants the right to break the law? That's laughable, see the following]

§ 21-1206.(c) Tampering with bicycle, motor scooter, or EPAMD. -- A person may not remove, ride on, or tamper with any part of a bicycle, an EPAMD, or a motor scooter without the permission of its owner.

It its never a legal remedy to react to illegal behavior with illegal behavior, so it is even more erroneous to react to legal behavior with illegal behavior. So with the exception of abandoned bikes or bicycles parked in such a way to cause a legitimate safety concern (which I'll talk about both in a bit) the UMCP is breaking the law by impounding bikes.

So let's look at where the state prohibits bike parking:
§ 21-1208. Securing bicycle, motor scooter or EPAMD to certain objects
  • (a) Prohibition. -- A person may not secure a bicycle, an EPAMD, or a motor scooter to a fire hydrant, police or fire call box, or traffic control device.
  • (b) Poles, etc., within bus or taxi-loading zones. -- A person may not secure a bicycle, an EPAMD, or a motor scooter to a pole, meter, or device located within a bus or taxi-loading zone.
  • (c) Poles, etc., within 25 feet of intersections. -- A person may not secure a bicycle, an EPAMD, or a motor scooter to a pole, meter, or device located within 25 feet of any intersection.
  • (d) Poles, etc., having notices forbidding securing of bicycles. -- A person may not secure a bicycle, an EPAMD, or a motor scooter to a pole, meter, or device on which notice has been posted by the appropriate authorities forbidding the securing of bicycles.
  • (e) Obstructing or impeding traffic or pedestrian movement. -- A person may not secure a bicycle, an EPAMD, or a motor scooter to any place where the securing of a bicycle or a motor scooter would obstruct or impede vehicular traffic or pedestrian movement.
  • (f) Securing to parking meter. -- A bicycle, an EPAMD, or a motor scooter may be secured to a parking meter, without payment of the usual fees, if it is entirely removed from the bed of the street normally used for vehicular parking.


So this is the rub, you can be parked legally per state law (just like you would anywhere else in this state) yet in the eyes of UMCP you will be parked illegally and can suffer the consequences. Can anyone override state law without going through the law making process? Umm, see below. (Note: an astute reader could find more items that are legal per state law but illegal per UM policy then what I have pointed out here, as I just pointed out the more blatant items.)

Maryland Declaration of Rights: Art. 9. That no power of suspending Laws or the execution of Laws, unless by, or derived from the Legislature, ought to be exercised, or allowed.

Keep in mind all they have to do is put up a sign in the areas they don't want bike parking, if the problem is not pronounced enough to justify the cost of the signs, then it is also not significant enough for draconic policy, just tell people that you would prefer them not to park in the areas that I highlighted and leave it at that.

Bicycle registration is mandatory for all bicycles parked or stored on campus.
While it is possible to make this mandatory of students and facility, again, UMCP cannot create laws such as this for visitors of the campus.

Some sampling of bike parking around Maryland:

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This would be illegal per UMCP. This is the bike parking at the Senate building in Annapolis as the building has no bike racks. There is a bike rack somewhere on the capital campus but good luck in finding it, it really is in an out of the way place.

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This would be illegal per UMCP. Another building with no bikes racks but the fencing provides ample parking for cyclists.

UPDATE: I just found this on the web and the response from the collage is so cool. Also note how the bike is 100% out of the way of pedestrians but illegal per UMCP:
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"Our bike racks are an option not a requirement." - Broome Community College

So people who are used to parking their bikes in a usual (and legal) manner for Maryland are suddenly subjected to being treated like trespassers and wanton criminals all because of the lack of adequate bike parking.

§ 21-1008. Bicycle accommodations
By fiscal year 2000, each public institution of higher education and State employment facility shall provide reasonable accommodations necessary for bicycle access, including parking for bicycles.


So I have to ask is reasonable parking being provided if they have to resort to such drastic measures to deal with the bicycle parking "problem?"

§ 10-209.(c) Duties. -- The University System of Maryland shall:
(6) Increase access for economically disadvantaged and minority students;


Does paying for citations, impound fees and storage fees for a legally parked bicycle sound like increasing access for economically disadvantaged students???
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What we need are "Ghost Cars"

Biking in MarylandAs we have have Ghost Bikes I feel we need Ghost Cars as a reminder that cars are not as safe as we think. Does any really think texting will be a problem after passing this along side the roadway?
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Maryland has 97,023 auto crashes a year (5 year average), that works out to be about 3 auto crashes per every mile of roadway in Maryland every year! Can you imagine what our roads would look like if these crashes stuck around for at least a year?

But Coordinated Highways Action Response Team (CHART) saves "Marylanders approximately $1.4 billion in vehicle travel costs in CY2010" by (CHART) providing quick response to traffic incidents through emergency response and road/debris clearing. Um, maybe would could save even more by not having an accident in the first place? I think it would be a good educational tool to move a wrecked automobile to an entrance ramp (or other visible but out of the way public place) and let it sit there a while with a sign saying something like "Pay attention and drive safe. Don't let this happen to you." But instead we sterilize the roadway making it seem like nothing ever bad happens there. Denying a problem exists is the first step in making it worse.
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Surprising Aspects of Pedestrian Laws

Biking in MarylandSurprising Aspects of Florida Maryland Pedestrian Laws
By Mighk Wilson, Smart Growth Planner for MetroPlan Orlando [edited to reference Maryland laws.]

How well do you know Florida’s Maryland's pedestrian-related traffic laws?  If you’re like many folks you have some misconceptions.  Here are some little-known truths about pedestrian law. See how well you understand them.

There Is No “Jaywalking” Law

Jaywalking is not a legal term.  It is not found in Florida Maryland statutes and has no legal meaning. Jaywalking is a derogatory slang term coined in the early 1920s by automotive interests (only about 10 to 20 percent of street users at the time) during propaganda campaigns to get traffic laws changed in their favor.  Their strategy was to put the blame on pedestrians who continued to walk the streets in the way they had for centuries – crossing wherever and whenever they wished – before the automobile became popular.  A “jay” was someone from the country who didn’t understand “big city” ways. So a “jaywalker” was someone the city folks could poke fun at for being ignorant.  This is well-documented in the book Fighting Traffic by Peter Norton.

Some actions that people call jaywalking – such as crossing against a red light – are illegal. But crossing mid-block, which is also called jaywalking, is not illegal in most locations.

Every Street Has Sidewalks on Both Sides

Well, sort-of. The legal definition of a sidewalk is “that portion of a street between the curbline, or the lateral line, of a roadway and the adjacent property lines, intended for use by pedestrians.”  So if there is no paved sidewalk, that strip of grass in the public right-of-way is still a sidewalk.  But it may not be a usable one for the pedestrian.  Tall grass, landscaping and other challenges could make it unusable.

§ 21-101.(w) Sidewalk. -- "Sidewalk" means that part of a highway:
  • (1) That is intended for use by pedestrians; and
  • (2) That is between:
  • - (i) The lateral curb lines or, in the absence of curbs, the lateral boundary lines of a roadway; and
  • - (ii) The adjacent property lines.
§ 21-101.(w) Sidewalk. -- "Sidewalk" means that part of a highway:
  • (1) That is intended for use by pedestrians; and
  • (2) That is between:
  • - (i) The lateral curb lines or, in the absence of curbs, the lateral boundary lines of a roadway; and
  • - (ii) The adjacent property lines.

The roadway is the portion of the public right-of-way intended for vehicles.  We all have the basic human right to walk in public spaces, so if we’re not intended to walk in the roadway, we must be intended to walk in the remaining space.

Drivers Must Yield to Pedestrians Who Are Legally In Crosswalks

Some people misunderstand the purpose and meaning of a crosswalk, believing it is the only place pedestrians are permitted to cross the street. That is not the case. A crosswalk is where drivers are expected to yield (if possible) to pedestrians. Pedestrians may cross elsewhere, but outside a crosswalk, they are required to yield to vehicular traffic.

§ 21-502. Pedestrians' right-of-way in crosswalks
  • (a) In general. --
  • - (2) The driver of a vehicle shall come to a stop when a pedestrian crossing the roadway in a crosswalk is:
  • -- (i) On the half of the roadway on which the vehicle is traveling; or
  • -- (ii) Approaching from an adjacent lane on the other half of the roadway.
  • (b) Duty of pedestrian. -- A pedestrian may not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
  • (c) Passing of vehicle stopped for pedestrian prohibited. -- If, at a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, a vehicle is stopped to let a pedestrian cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear may not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.

There Are Crosswalks on All Sides of Every Intersection

All sides of the intersection are crosswalks — marked or not, regardless of whether the sidewalk is paved or not.

The crosswalk is defined as the continuation of the parallel lines of the sidewalk across the roadway, so since every street has sidewalks, every intersection has crosswalks.  The only exception is where a state or local government has explicitly closed a particular crosswalk, and a sign must be placed at such a crossing to indicate it is closed.  So this means if you are driving along a road and there is a cross-street, you must yield to any pedestrian in an unmarked crosswalk at that intersection, just as you would yield if the crosswalk was marked.  This is true even if you are not facing a stop sign or traffic signal.

§ 21-101.(i) Crosswalk. -- "Crosswalk" means that part of a roadway that is:
  • (1) Within the prolongation or connection of the lateral lines of sidewalks at any place where 2 or more roadways of any type meet or join, measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the roadway;
  • (2) Within the prolongation or connection of the lateral lines of a bicycle way where a bicycle way and a roadway of any type meet or join, measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the roadway; or
  • (3) Distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings.

The Pedestrian Does Not “Always Have the Right-of-Way”

No-one “has the right-of-way.”  The law only defines who is required to yield the right-of-way, or “give way.”

Pedestrians attempting to cross mid-block are required to yield right-of-way to vehicle drivers on the roadway.  Pedestrians at crosswalks at signalized intersections must yield if they face a red signal or steady Don’t Walk signal.
[B' Spokes: While this is true, Maryland law gets complicated because drivers are required not to hit pedestrians.]

§ 21-504. Drivers to exercise due care
  • (a) In general. -- Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, the driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian.
  • (b) Duty to warn pedestrians. -- Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, the driver of a vehicle shall, if necessary, warn any pedestrian by sounding the horn of the vehicle.
  • (c) Duty to exercise precaution on observing child or certain other individuals. -- Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, the driver of a vehicle shall exercise proper precaution on observing any child or any obviously confused or incapacitated individual.

Drivers approaching crosswalks – either marked or unmarked – must yield to pedestrians who are legally in the crosswalk and approaching closely enough to be in conflict.  Drivers entering a public street from a private driveway must yield right-of-way to a pedestrian approaching on the sidewalk or roadway, just as one yields to other traffic.

Pedestrians cannot enter the crosswalk at any time they wish.  One cannot expect a driver to do the impossible, such as coming to a stop from 45 mph in 100 feet.  Pedestrians must give drivers adequate time and distance to react and stop.

If Another Vehicle Is Stopped Ahead of You at a Crosswalk…

… you are not permitted to pass!  Even if you are in another lane.  There may be a crossing pedestrian hidden behind that first vehicle.  You have to assume a pedestrian is there, and can only proceed once you are sure the crosswalk is clear.

§ 21-502.(c) Passing of vehicle stopped for pedestrian prohibited. -- If, at a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, a vehicle is stopped to let a pedestrian cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear may not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.

Crossing Mid-Block Is Legal in Most Situations

The law says pedestrians may not cross “between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation.” So if you want to cross the street between intersections and both of the closest intersections have working traffic signals, then you may not cross, unless there is a marked crosswalk at that mid-block location.  If one of the closest intersections does not have a traffic signal, then you may cross, provided you yield to approaching vehicles.

§ 21-503. Crossing at other than crosswalks
  • (a) In general. -- If a pedestrian crosses a roadway at any point other than in a marked crosswalk or in an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, the pedestrian shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching on the roadway.
  • (b) Where special pedestrian crossing provided. -- If a pedestrian crosses a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing is provided, the pedestrian shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching on the roadway.
  • (c) Between adjacent intersections. -- Between adjacent intersections at which a traffic control signal is in operation, a pedestrian may cross a roadway only in a marked crosswalk.
  • (d) Crossing intersection diagonally. -- A pedestrian may not cross a roadway intersection diagonally unless authorized by a traffic control device for crossing movements. If authorized to cross diagonally, a pedestrian may cross only in accordance with the traffic control device.

The Flashing DON’T WALK Signal Does Not Mean You Can’t Be In the Crosswalk

It means you cannot enter the crosswalk.  If you are already in the crosswalk you can finish crossing.  The flashing DON’T WALK phase is timed so that you can make it all the way across at a normal adult walking pace – provided drivers are not cutting you off by turning across your path.  This is important for you drivers to know, too.  If the pedestrian is in the crosswalk and the DON’T WALK signal is flashing, you still have to yield!

§ 21-203. Pedestrian control signals
  • (a) In general. -- Where special pedestrian control signals showing the words "walk", "dont walk", or "wait" or the symbols of "walking person" or "upraised hand" are in place, the signals have the indications provided in this section.
  • (b) Walk. -- A pedestrian facing a "walk" or "walking person" signal may cross the roadway in the direction of the signal and shall be given the right-of-way by the driver of any vehicle. At an intersection where an exclusive all-pedestrian interval is provided, a pedestrian may cross the roadway in any direction within the intersection.
  • (c) Dont walk. -- A pedestrian may not start to cross the roadway in the direction of a "dont walk" or "upraised hand" signal.
  • (d) Wait signal -- Beginning crossing prohibited. -- A pedestrian may not start to cross the roadway in the direction of a "wait signal".
  • (e) Wait signal -- Partially completed crossing. -- If a pedestrian has partly completed crossing on a "walk" or "walking person" signal, the pedestrian shall proceed without delay to a sidewalk or safety island while the "dont walk", "wait", or "upraised hand" signal is showing.

How did you do?  How well do you think your friends, family members or co-workers would do?  If we don’t have a common understanding of the rules, how can we know what we or others should be doing to keep our friends and neighbors safe?

What likely has some of you nervous now is the idea of having to stop for a pedestrian at a crosswalk with no stop sign or traffic signal along a high-speed arterial.  You may be thinking, “If I do that I’ll get rear-ended.” Braking gradually gives the drivers behind you more time to react, so the earlier you brake to yield to a pedestrian, the less chance there is of a rear-end collision.  As drivers on arterial and collector streets we have to be prepared to slow or stop at any time – for emergency vehicles, transit buses, school buses, animals, bicyclists, other motorists slowing to turn, and for many other situations.

Our first priority will be getting drivers to yield on lower speed streets and getting pedestrians to clearly communicate their intention to cross.  Over time, we can work on getting the same type of good behaviors on our higher speed roads.

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Tracking State Transportation Dollars (How Does MD Compare?)

Biking in MarylandMD's score from 1 (low) to 5 (high) spending of federal funds in the following categories:

3 - Bridge Maintenance/Replacement
5 - Transit
5 - Road Maintenance/Minor Widening
1 - Bicycle/Pedestrian
1 - Road/Bridge Project with Bicycle/Pedestrian Components
1 - Safety
5 - New Road Capacity
1 - Bridge Capacity Expansion
2 - Other

Anyone else see a pattern here?

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