Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

To learn the rules of the road and more about bike safety please visit these links:

  • Maryland Bicycle Maps from the State Highway Administration
  • Tips for Safe Bicycling
  • Competence and Confidence Adult Bicycle Safety Video - view film here: 
  • Your Bicycle Helmet - A Correct Fit
  • Maryland Bicycle Helmet Law Fact Sheet
  • BICYCLE SAFETY - What Every Parent Should Know 
  • 10 mistakes that can derail your bike injury case
    By Doug Landau - FREE - click here.
  • Transportation Research Record: Bicycles, Pedestrians and Motorcycles: This 2010 publication from the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies compiles 24 research papers from 2009 exploring bicycle and pedestrian safety issues. (URL)
  • Share the Road Brochure (Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii): This tri-fold brochure from Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH) provides clear and numerous safety tips for educating both motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians about sharing the road. The brochure but can easily be adapted for any state and region. (PDF)(184KB)
  • Bike Safety Tips - California 
  • "Safety tips for Baltimore cyclists, after a rash of attacks on bike riders" - Is it either-or for city bicyclists: contend with cars in the middle of the road or muggers nearer the sidewalk?
    Click here to read the full article. 
  • Street Smart - In the three-year period between 2006 and 2008, there were 7,135 crashes involving bicycles and pedestrians in the Baltimore region, resulting in 157 deaths. That represents 39% percent of all bike/pedestrian crashes and fatalities in the entire state of Maryland. In an effort to reduce highway carnage, human suffering and economic loss in the region, the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) has endorsed the Street Smart pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign. "Street Smart reminds everyone who uses our streets and roads - drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike - that they need to know and practice the rules of the road," said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
    • Pedestrians: Cross at corners or designated cross walks and obey traffic signals.
    • Cyclists: Remember you are operating vehicles and are subject to stop signs, traffic signals and one-way streets, just as drivers are.
    • Drivers: Pedestrians have the right of way at stop signs; when passing a bicycle, you are required to allow a three-foot buffer.
    • Everyone: Exercise common sense and common courtesy.
    You can help save a life! Spread the word about the importance of being Street Smart! Visit the online resource center for downloadable signs, banners, images, and more. Then, share the Street Smart message with your neighbors and coworkers, post a message on your blog, or share our page on Facebook or Twitter. And most importantly, the next time you are out and about, remember to be Street Smart!
    Help spread the word about Street Smart in your community!