According to the National Safety Council, 1,089 people were killed while riding bicycles in 2019 and 308,864 more were injured. The total cost of bicyclist injury and death is over $4 billion per year. (Actually, because most bicycling injuries are not reported to the police, some believe that the actual number of injuries could be as many as ten times the number of reported injuries.)
To avoid a bicycle crash, be sure to follow the bicycle rules of the road.
Rules Of The Road That Apply To Bicyclists
Under Maryland law, bicycles are vehicles That means that bicyclists have both rights and responsibilities .
These are some of the main rules that govern bicyclists . . .
- A bicycle rider must obey all traffic signals, signs and pavement markings.
- A bicyclist riding slower than the speed of traffic must stay in the right hand through lane. However, a bicyclist can move farther left in three instances. First, to make a vehicular-style left turn. Second, to pass a stopped or slower moving vehicle. And third, to avoid pedestrians or road hazards.
- A bicyclist riding at the speed of traffic can operate in any lane.
- Bicycles cannot be ridden in the travel lanes if the posted speed limit is more than 50 mph, However, bicycles may be operated on the shoulder of these roadways.
- Bicycles may not be operated on expressways but can be ridden on an adjacent path.
- All bicycles must have brakes capable of stopping within 15 feet from a speed of 10 mph.
- Bicycles must have two things to operate in low visibility conditions. First, a white beam headlight visible at a distance of 500 feet. And second, a red rear reflector visible at a distance of 600 feet.
- Riders under the age of 16 must wear a helmet.
Basically, bicyclists must comply with all the normal rules that apply to vehicles, plus a few more bicycle-specific rules.
If you have been seriously injured in a Maryland bicycle accident, contact us.