Washington DC Councilmember Phil Mendelsohn commented on bicycles and traffic rules, as quoted in P.J. Orvetti’s blog post:
A close read of Maryland’s bicycle laws shows that bikes are defined as “vehicles” and yet that a number of special rules apply to cyclists that don’t apply to cars, and vice versa.
- Bicyclists must ride on the shoulder of roadways with maximum speeds of 50+ mph.
- A cyclist may not carry something in his or her hands that interferes with keeping both hands on the handlebars.
- Motorists must pass bicyclists at a safe distance of at least 3 feet (except under circumstances where this would be impossible or unsafe)
Ok – common sense. These are 3 rules that recognize that a bicycle as a vehicle is unlike a car.
So, should we be distinguishing among traffic laws that motor vehicle drives must follow and ones that make sense for human powered vehicles? Which ones should be the same? Which should not?