2017 Maryland Legislation – May 27 Update

This was the most successful year for bike safety legislation in several years.   Three bills were passed into law and SHA announced during the session that they would install a modified HAWK signal on Veirs Mill Rd (Rt 586).   The 3 bills that passed are:

HB11 Coal-rolling prohibition – Bans the intentional discharge of black smoke from diesel -powered pickup trucks

HB192/SB142 Bike Safety Task Force – A task force representing all road users,experts and legislators that will make recommendations for bike safety on Maryland roads.

HB997/SB925 Bike Safety in Crosswalks – Provides cyclists riding through crosswalks (such as at trail-crossings) with the same rights and responsibilities as pedestrians.

BikeAAA has appeared before most of the committee hearings, provided  written testimony in support of these bills and continues to work with our counterparts at Bike Maryland, WABA and others.   See links to the bills that were considered and  BikeAAA written testimony  below.

Number / Chapter
(Cross File / Chapter)
Total: 9
Title Primary Sponsor Status Original House Committee(s) and
Hearing Dates
BikeAAA Written Testimony
HB0011 Vehicle Laws – Causing Diesel Emissions to Discharge Onto Another – Prohibition Delegate Lam Passed into Law Environment and Transportation
1/26/2017 – 2:00 p.m.
bikeaaa-supporthb11-;  BikeAAA-SupportHB11inSenateJPR-20170317
HB0192
(SB0142)
Task Force to Study Bicycle Safety on Maryland Highways Delegate Lafferty Passed into Law Environment and Transportation
2/9/2017 – 1:15 p.m.
 20170126bikeaaa-hb192-20170208
HB0527
(SB0337)
Vehicle Laws – Bicycles – Use of Crosswalks Delegate Kramer Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation Environment and Transportation
2/23/2017 – 1:00 p.m.
 bikeaaa-supporthb527578-20170218
HB0578
(SB0338)
Vehicle Laws – Pedestrian Hybrid Signals Delegate Kramer Third Reading Passed (138-1) but not in Senate Environment and Transportation
2/23/2017 – 1:00 p.m.
 bikeaaa-supporthb527578-20170218
HB0997
(SB0925)
Vehicle Laws – Bicycles, Play Vehicles, and Unicycles – Operation on Sidewalks and in Crosswalks Delegate Fraser-Hidalgo Passed into Law Senate Finance
3/30/2017 – 1:00 p.m.
 bikeaaa-supporthb997-20170228
SB0142
(HB0192)
Task Force to Study Bicycle Safety on Maryland Highways Senator Manno Passed into Law 1/25/2017 – 1:00 p.m.  bikeaaa-sb142-20170125
SB0337
(HB0527)
Vehicle Laws – Bicycles and Pedestrians – Use of Crosswalks Senator Manno Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings Judicial Proceedings
2/7/2017 – 1:00 p.m.
 bikeaaa-supportsb337338-20170206
SB0338
(HB0578)
Vehicle Laws – Pedestrian Hybrid Signalsx Senator Manno Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings. Judicial Proceedings
2/7/2017 – 1:00 p.m.
 bikeaaa-supportsb337338-20170206
SB0925
(HB0997)
Vehicle Laws – Bicycles, Play Vehicles, and Unicycles – Operation on Sidewalks and in Crosswalks Senator Madaleno Passed into Law Finance
3/15/2017 – 1:00 p.m.BikeAAA-SupportSB925-20170310
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