Bicyclists Press Maryland Lawmakers for Share of the Road and Share of the Pie

When the House of Delegates votes on a traffic safety bill later this week that would boost penalties for motorists involved in crashes with “vulnerable” road users, it’ll mark welcome progress for Maryland bicyclists – who had their annual lobbying day in Annapolis Tuesday.

The bill, sponsored by Del. Stephen W. Lafferty (D-Baltimore County), passed unanimously in the House Environment and Transportation Committee last week and is scheduled for preliminary debate on the House floor Wednesday. It would prohibit a motorist from causing the serious physical injury or death of a “vulnerable individual” – including a pedestrian, an emergency responder, an individual riding an animal, an individual in a wheelchair, a bicyclist, a motorcyclist or an operator of a farm vehicle – and sets penalties for the violations.