I’ve Been Meaning to Ask…
Q: What do street markings for bicyclists around Frederick mean for motorists?
A: The newest bicycle markings on city streets were funded through a grant from the Community Block Grant Program. The west side loop connects to 7th Street (our first bike routes) and covers about four and a half miles. The section on East Street is to carry bicycle traffic from the MARC Station to the future Rail with Trail Project that will begin at 7th Street. It links riders to the 7th Street route as well.
All the markings are to enhance awareness of the increase in bicycle traffic in the city, and to further our pursuit in being a designated Bicycle Friendly Community (we are at the bronze-level; we want silver). Bike markings are to be obeyed by cyclists, just as motorists obey the rules of the road. A bicycle is treated as a vehicle in Maryland and therefore must obey traffic laws. Last year Maryland adopted the “Three Foot Law” that requires bicycles to stay three feet away from a parked car, and for motorist to give cyclists three feet when passing.
What are five reasons bicycling rocks?
- It reduces traffic congestion and pollution.
- Cycling connects you with people and surroundings.
- You burn more calories (to eat more yummy stuff) and reduce stress (no traffic jams).
- Riding a bike means free parking and zero fuel costs (except the yummy stuff you eat).
- It increases fun and happiness!
How do you find the perfect bike?
TOM PEPERONE, OWNER, WHEEL BASE, 229 N. MARKET ST.
- Consider the type of riding you’d like to do.
- Decide on a comfortable price range. Good bikes from local shops start around $400.
- Buy from a local independent shop. You’ll pay a little more, but get a higher quality bicycle (bicycle manufacturers don’t allow chain stores to sell their highest quality bikes).
- Research online before going to a bike shop.
- Ride the bikes you’re considering and get fitted for the correct size bike. A good sales person will make sure it’s the correct size, critical for both comfort and performance