“Maryland is currently ranked 40 out of 50 by the League of American Bicyclists due to a lack of bike safety legislation,” One Less Car representative Carol Silldorf, tells us.
Maryland State Senate passed five safety bills for cyclists and is probably about to move up notches in League of American Bicyclists Bike-Friendly rankings. This month’s State’s General Assembly became the venue for five smart transportation bills to break ground.
One Less Car says this is a success. As what its mission statement is, the movement encourages many through educational campaigns, lobbying and open debates and dialogues between the public via communities, governments, and local and state representatives.
Local alternative transportation groups of Maryland also joined in the cheering and further fight to strengthen the rights of cyclists and pedestrians alike.
SB 624 Shoulder Rule bill, SB 51, the Three Foot Rule, and House Bill 282, Funding for Bike/Pedestrian Access are three of the bills for the safety of cyclists recently passed. The other two are HB 1155 Transportation Transparency and SB 229/HB 710.
A Blue Ribbon Commission was appointed as per General Assembly’s passed legislation (SB 229/HB 710) for Maryland Transportation Funding to see the state’s short- and long-term transportation funding needs.
One Less Car hopes would not stop here. They are aiming to ensure the review of the three-foot rule in order to strengthen it. At the same time, they are working to see to it that the manslaughter by vehicle bill will soon be possible. Suggesting a bill to increase tax credits for bicyclists and assuring unceasing support for the all legislation which empowers safety and efficiency of alternative transportation are all parts of the movement’s plan as well.
“Now that these laws exist the rating may rise, but still much more is needed. The new three foot rule only applies on certain roads, not on all roads, as we think it should. While it is a big success for us that the law passed we still want the law strengthened. The shoulder bill is important because it allows a cyclist to choose where it is safest to ride and the other bills provide for transparency within the funding decision making process and make bike and pedestrian safety and facilities a higher priority. Additionally, there are other bills that didn’t pass which are very important,” Silldorf further explains.