Our State Safety Office just published this pamphlet on Advice to Motorists and Bicyclists. And I am curious what others think of this.
Actually it looks pretty good to me. I like the fact that right away they address the rights of cyclists.
Now the real issue will be to get motorists to pick up something with a bicycle on the front cover.
I will also note that they were playing around with this text for an opener:
Which I though made an interesting point.The primary impetus for paved roads was for the safe travel of bicycles! More and more people are taking to two-wheel rather than four for recreation, exercise and daily travel. Bicycles are entitled to Maryland’s non-interstate roadways, just as cars are! Bicycles are subject to the same laws and need to obey the same traffic devices as vehicles.
Good job. Nice tone.
The California Vehicle Code and dumbed-down Drivers' Handbook digest thereof establish similar vehicular rights and responsibilities for bicyclists, including schematic diagrams of cyclists merging and then turning left from dedicated left-turn lanes, but many motorists still do not acknowledge our right to use their roads.
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Single file isn't always required nor mandated by state law here, don't know about Maryland. Other than that everything looks great.• Obey the Rules of the Road – Ride straight and single file in a predictable manner.
Last edited by CommuterRun; 04-07-09 at 06:09 PM.
“Many bicycle crashes are the result of bicyclists not observing the rules of the road.”
Should have a similar statement for motorist.
No mention of looking before opening a car door.
“Always ride on the right side.” No need for this statement, especially since they immediately contradict it with lane positioning discussion.
“Make Left Hand Turns Safely – ... OR cross like a pedestrian (2) by stopping, dismounting, and walking across crosswalks.” I do not like the way they do an L (left) turn. I tell others to ride to the opposite side entering the crosswalk just before you get next to the opposite sidewalk, turn the bike 90 degrees in the lane you want to cross and go with the next light. Riding up onto the sidewalk and crosswalks creates greater risk and confuses motorist.
Should also mention paint can also be slippery in wet conditions.
If they want to recommend helmets for cyclist, the they should also recommend them for motorist.
No mention of safe following distance by motorist (except in bad road conditions).
This will fix that opening sentence for you:
By Maryland law, bicycles are vehicles, and operators of motor vehicles have
the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of bicycles – but bicycles are less visible, quieter, and don’t have a protective barrier around them.
Last edited by ChipSeal; 04-08-09 at 09:20 AM.
Vehicular cycling techniques have not been tried and found difficult. They have been presumed difficult and not tried.
We do have a significant problem of wrong way cyclists here which I am assuming they are trying to address here.Originally Posted by CB HI
Do you have a link to any sort of pictogram for this?Originally Posted by CB HI
I agree with you 100% now if only the rest of the world would get that point.Originally Posted by CB HI
3 feet is required to pass, and 5 feet is recommended
Bikes have full use of the lane.
(show the person on the cover with a Ansi II vest)
So cyclists should be riding towards traffic? The human ability to screw up basic written comprehension is astounding.It never even occurred to me that they may be talking about wrong way cyclist with that statement. Better wording would be " Cyclist should always ride in the direction of traffic"
EDIT: Aha! Here you go ... look for section F-3
G- You are amazing! Thanks!
I just sent a summary of all your comments to MHSO and it turns out that the first printing was a small test run so they are going to be doing another printing soon and revisions are going to be looked at.
Thanks for all your help!