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It's not New York city, it's New York State that has the mandatory bike lane rule. Inline skaters have to use the bike/skate lane also, if one is present.

The one possibly-crazy city rule is that drivers are required to right-hook (or left hook) the bike lane when making a right turn, unlike DC and Maryland where you merge into the bike lane before making a turn.

The obvious question is whether it's a really good class, as WABA might teach, or a mediocre class as what a New Jersey policeman might teach.

The idea of a bicycle safety class is a good idea, but I'd say that it should be offerred/mandated offerred for motor vehicle infractions as well. The average driver who commits a moving violation does not know the bicycle safety rules either.

Maybe in DC we would lower the fines for speed cameras and add community service and class for owners of speeding cars. I'll bet it would reduce speeding dramatically.

It always fascinates me that WTOP refers to Georgia Ave as "Rt 97." The only folks I ever hear call it Rt. 97 are those driving it from Sunshine and north. Everyone else just says, Georgia.

It's great with the connecting up at Shady Grove Rd down to Darnestown Rd. Will make it much easier to get from the C&O to Gaithersburg-area.

How do cyclists take left turns if they must stay in the bike lane?

@oboe, states with mandatory bike-lane-use laws have a set of exceptions, such as left turns or debris in the lane. MD had this law until recently.

Maryland still has the mandatory bike lane rule (the shoulder rule was repealed in 2010). The exceptions are similar to the exceptions for the as-far-right-as-practicable rule. So as a practical matter, the only difference between Maryland and Virginia is that one who is keeping up with the speed of traffic need not ride in the bike lane in Virginia, whereas in Maryland she still has to ride in the bike lane (unless one of the many exceptions apply).

Michael Jackson has long maintained that the exceptions in Maryland apply whenever a cyclist has any safety-based reason for not riding in the bike lane. Of course, one has to still be alive at trial to articulate that reason.

How do they get to be a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community with that rule?

Because the BFC criteria are all about process and not outcomes. I'm sure NYC has lots of bicycle coordinators on the payroll and lots of master facilities plans in the vaults. Those are the things that count toward a BFC rating. Whether a community is actually an inviting place to ride your bike doesn't seem to factor in at all.

I recently found the lanes on Shady Grove Road. While the lanes on Eastbound Shady Grove Road are alright (but stop at the overpass to I-270 where space is limited), the lanes on West-bound Shady Grove road stay on the right side of the road, even to the right of some right-turn only lanes.

i've been meaning to take a snapshot of them but have yet to get to it. Fortunately I don't need to go that way often.

as for the sidewalk ramps the linked WTOP article talks about, ADA ramps look like collision hazards:
* ramps at the corner are "cutouts" rather than smooth-sided features and
* all of them seem to have the walk light right smack in the middle of the corner.

I can just imagine taking the sidewalk when it gets dark and rainy and running straight into it. How do the wheelchair set maneuver around those things?

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