If you’ve biked Baltimore’s busy roads, you know that it can be scary out there for a cyclist. But new legislation working its way through state government will hopefully make things a little bit better.
House Bill 214 calls for drivers to give cyclists 3 feet of room when passing. It’s modeled after a similar law enacted in California a couple years ago, which requires drivers to either give 3 feet of space while passing — or, if that’s not possible, to slow down, chill out, and wait until it is possible before doing so. The version of the bill that ended up passing was slightly less stringent than some bike activists wanted, but is still a step in the right direction.
The bill still needs to pass the state Senate and be signed into law by Governor Hogan. But it’s not a bad idea to start practicing good car-bike etiquette now, for everyone’s sake.
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