The 2018 session will start in January and BikeAAA is working closely with Bike Maryland to prepare for new bike safety legislation. We also have the benefit this year of the work done by the Maryland Bicycle Safety Task Force created by the legislature in 2017, appointed by the Governor over the summer and now concluding its work after 5 meetings. A Draft Report is now open for public comment at the preceding link. The Task Force included 4 advocates including two from Anne Arundel County – Jack Keene and Jon Korin. The report has dozens of recommendations in a variety of areas including Funding, Infrastructure, Policy, Outreach/Education and Legislation.
Each fall the Anne Arundel County State Delegation convenes to hear priorities from county non-profits. BikeAAA has presented each year since our inception four years ago. You can read it here: BikeAAA-AACtyDelegation-Nov28-2017. This year we focused on legislative priorities coming out of Task Force Report:
1. Vulnerable Road User Law – More care required and stiffer penalties under current laws for drivers who seriously injure or kill pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchair users, etc.
2. Safe Passing of Cyclists – Address narrow road exception in current 3 foot passing law
3. Comparative Negligence for Car Crashes with Bikes/Peds (a la DC law passed in 2016)