Police To Educate Motorists and Bicyclists ~ Annapolis Capital Punishment

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Police To Educate Motorists and Bicyclists

In conjunction with the Annapolis Police Department, the first Give/Get Respect event of 2010 season will occur on Wednesday May 19th at the intersection of Bay Ridge Avenue and Madison Street/Eastport Shopping Center between 2-5pm.  Local cyclists are welcome to join APD officers in educating motorists and cyclists proper road conduct.

If you would like to volunteer, even if is just for a short time, please let me know at ibanks@annapolis.gov or at 410-263-7964.  If you cannot volunteer please note that this is the first event of the year and there will be many more opportunities where you can help promotesafe road conduct in the City of Annapolis....more

The Give/Get Respect campaign educates motorists and bicyclists in the
City of Annapolis on how to participate in proper road conduct. Choosing
a bicycle for transportation is a great idea and it has never been more
important to learn to share the road. Promoting calmer, safer, more
respectful behavior by all road users in the City of Annapolis is an
important part of the City’s ongoing campaign for safer streets and
more livable neighborhoods.

The key messages of the campaign are as follows:

- Reminding motorists to leave at least 3 feet of space when passing
bicyclists, and to pass slowly and carefully.
- Reminding bicyclists to ride predictably in the roadway and ride with
traffic, not against it.
- Reminding motorists to check their side mirrors for approaching
bicyclists before opening their car doors after parking.
- Reminding bicyclists to ride at least 3 feet outside of the dangerous
door zone - the area just next to parked cars, where doors can suddenly
and dangerously fly open.
- Reminding motorists that blocking a bike lane or SHARROW is illegal
and forces bicyclists to swerve into moving traffic.
- Reminding bicyclists to yield to pedestrians and stay off the

The three goals of the Give Respect Get Respect campaign:

- Educate motorists to share the road - and give cyclists the space we
- Educate cyclists not to ride on the sidewalk, ride in the direction
of traffic, not to ride in a way that threatens pedestrians.
- Educate Police Officers about the laws that protect cyclists.

Give/Get events will happen several times a year. The Department of
Transportation joins with City police officers to educate cyclists and
motorists about proper conduct on the road.

Police Officers and local cyclists hand out information to motorists
detailing activities that endanger cyclists, and pass out multi-lingual
educational flyers to educate cyclists. The first of these events for
the 2010 season will occur  Wednesday May 19th at the intersection of
Bay Ridge Avenue and Madison Street/Eastport Shopping Center between

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