Like other states, Maryland allows bicyclists the right to use public roads, as long as they observe all the same traffic rules that cars must follow. In order to help Maryland bicyclists stay safe, here are some key points of Maryland bicycle law to know and observe.
- Maryland law requires slow-moving traffic to keep right. Therefore, bicyclists should ride in the lane furthest to the right, on or near the shoulder of the road if possible. A bicyclist may use a left-side lane or move to the left of a lane in order to make a left turn, pass a stopped or slower-moving vehicle, or to avoid hitting a passenger or other obstacle.
- Bicyclists do not have to stay all the way to the right when doing so would push them off the road, when the right-most lane is a turn lane, or on a one-way street.
- Bicyclists should use bike lanes when they can. If there is no bike lane, bicycles may ride on the shoulder of the road, between the white line and the edge of the pavement, if they choose.
- If the posted speed limit is 50 miles per hour or higher, bicycles should not ride in the traffic lane, but they may ride on the shoulder.
- Bicycles must never be ridden on expressways.
- Bicycles must have functional brakes and headlights if riding in low-light conditions. Children under 16 years of age are required to wear helmets.
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