Stay in your lane

Cyclists and pedestrians are commuters too. While pedestrians do not always have the right of way when crossing the street, there are more rules protecting cyclists rights to the roadway than I knew.

According Maryland state law, the responsibility is on the driver of a vehicle to ensure cyclists are not struck, and not the responsibility of the cyclist to stay out of the way of the driver. The punishments for drivers who injure cyclists include a $1000 fine and up to three points on their license.

With some very sad stories in our state during the past year: the Hopkins student severely injured while struck on his bike and the Green Party candidate who was actually killed while cycling , the state legislature is working to enact stiffer penalties for drivers who cause major injury to bicyclists.

Click here to see the full list of rules for sharing the road with cyclists.


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