There was daily coverage of CAM in the Examiner by Ron Cassie (pictured at a rest stop.) Quotes and links follow:
Maryland statute requires that if a shoulder (wide enough to park a car or drive an ambulance) or a bike lane is present, then cyclists must use that shoulder or bike lane instead of the roadway, except for when passing, making a left turn, crossing a right turn lane or merge lane, or when it is reasonably necessary to leave the bike lane to avoid debris or another hazardous condition.
There are two legal consequences of the statute. First, the police can give you a ticket if you ride in the roadway and none of the exceptions apply. Second, if a negligent driver collides with you while you are in the roadway, then the courts will deny you (or your estate) damages unless you can prove that one of the exceptions apply, under the doctrine of contributory negligence.
There are a number of symbolic consequences. More than 40 states allow cyclists in the roadway, leaving it to the discretion of the cyclist whether to ride in the shoulder or bike lane. Some people believe that this statute makes Maryland look less friendly to bikes than other states, or that cyclists have fewer rights than drivers.
MDOT and others argue that this law helps them to justify construction of bike lanes and shoulders to the automobile-driving public. Some also argue that the law simply codifies what good cyclists do anyway.
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The popular Capital Crescent Trail, which was recently recognized by the Project for Public Spaces as one of "21 great places that show how transportation can enliven a community", is under threat from the construction of a boathouse for Georgetown University.
The National Park Service recently released an Environmental Assessment on a proposal to construct a large boathouse for Georgetown University along the popular Capital Crescent Trail. The proposed location for the boathouse would be on land upstream (west) of the Washington Canoe Club near the CCT trailhead in Georgetown. Access to the site would require construction equipment, boat trailers and delivery vehicles to share the use the Capital Crescent Trail for a distance of 800 feet hundred feet.
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By Tom Foreman
Friday, October 21, 2005
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Call it the Quest for the Holy Trail.
"Overall, it costs Tom Foreman $125 a week to drive his SUV to the CNN office in Washington."
Hearing 2/9 at 1:00 p.m.
Max penalty 90 days in jail and or $1000 fine.
One Less Car will host the 9th annual Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Symposium in the Miller Office Building in Annapolis on Wednesday, February 8 2006. The symposium will feature speakers, presentations and demonstrations of alternatives to cars as transportation.
Our new arrow program garners national support
One Less Car has been granted $5,000 by Bikes Belong to develop our new
It's generally positive, but what's strange is the closing: "The Washington area will soon become a must-see destination for hikers and bikers all over the world. Just remember that hiking trails are recreational amenities - not major commuter routes."
It seems like an incomplete thought, but what are they getting at?