Bicycling - Expect and Respect!

Man next to a bikeBicycle safety is a two-way street -- bicyclists and motorists must Share the Road. Bicycles are considered vehicles in Maryland, so bicyclists must devote as much attention to riding a bike as they would when operating a motor vehicle. Equally as important, motorists must allow cyclists the same respect and caution they would allow another vehicle. Motorists should allow as much room as possible and at least (3) three foot gap when passing a bicyclist. We’re on this road together – expect and respect!

Bicyclists should:

  • Bikes are vehicles; obey the rules of the road. Stop at all red lights and stop signs.
  • Obey the rules of the road, including stopping at all red lights and stop signs.
  • Ride defensively – expect the unexpected.
  • Ride with traffic, never against it.
  • Use hand signals when turning or stopping.
  • Stop for pedestrians.
  • Pass on the left when overtaking a vehicle.
  • Use marked bike lanes when present.
  • Never ride more than two abreast.
  • Never ride on the sidewalks except where allowed by law.
  • Make yourself visible day and night with lights, reflectors and gear.
  • Wear a helmet correctly – not tilting back.

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For more in-depth assistance, contact your local MAP office directly or call the statewide toll-free number (1-844-627-5465).​​