What's it Like to Be a Cyclist on the Road in Maryland?

Why don't cyclists just use bike trails? Why do they bike in the roadway? And other questions answered.

Ann Brennan explains what it's like to be a cyclist in Maryland. | Video credit: Ann Brennan
Ann Brennan explains what it's like to be a cyclist in Maryland. | Video credit: Ann Brennan
Video Credit: Ann Brennan

Everybody hates cyclists! 

Okay, that may not be true, but sometimes it feels that way to cyclists. 

Ever wonder why cyclists ride on the shoulder of the road instead of bike lanes? Why they don't just use bike trails? What it feels like to share the road with aggressive drivers? Blogger and cyclist Ann Brennan shares what it's like to be a cyclist in Maryland in this video blog post. 
Nancy L. Seibel September 23, 2013 at 08:36 AM
Ann very well said. Thank you for this post. Consider sending a link to it to Bike Maryland. They might put it their e-newsletter.
Jeff S September 23, 2013 at 09:36 AM
Dannette, you'll get no argument from this cyclists or from many of those with whom I bike. You and Jennifer sound like you're the good drivers, so thank you. The point that we law-abiding cyclists are trying to make is that if motorists and cyclists simply obey the laws and bike/drive with the attention required, then accidents, near-misses and frustration will become much more rare. Ironically, after posting all of the kumbaya statements about cyclists and motorists getting along, I was the target of an angry pick-up driver this weekend who intentionally brazed me with his mirror, gave me the finger and then, when I caught up with the SOB, yelled about how cyclists should get off the road. This occured on a straight, clear section of College Parkway with two lanes in each direction and me on the far right of the right lane pedalling at 32mph in a 40mph zone, clearly visible with daytime rear flashing lights. I assume the posters here would never do such a thing, but be aware that this is where the "cyclists must get off the roads" movement ultimately leads some people.
Mary Vecellio September 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Just a comment for Jeff S -- when you said you were pedalling at 32mph in a 40 mph zone, don't you think it's important for cyclists to maintain the 40 mph speed limit, just like the motor vehicles are required to do? I wish there were bike paths for the cyclists because they really are a hazard on a road where motor vehicles are being driven.....(sigh!)
Jeff S September 23, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Mary, the day I can maintain 40mph is the day I go pro (I thought that 32mph…even for a short distance…was pretty darn good!). But seriously, your question belies a fundamental misunderstanding of the traffic laws. The speed LIMIT is the upper lawful range. Nobody, car or bike, is required to go the limit. Granted, if a cyclist (or car) is tootling along well below the limit, that person should stay to the right and allow others to pass. That’s exactly what I was doing.
Norman September 23, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Speed LIMIT. This is showing that there might be a need to re-test drivers for their continued licensing.....


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