Biking Laws

Maryland Vehicle Laws Pertaining to Bicycles

To read these laws go to Michie's Legal Resources. Select the TRANSPORTATION folder folder icon and access the following:

TITLE 21. VEHICLE LAWS - RULES OF THE ROAD

Subtitle 5. Pedestrians' Rights and Rules
Subtitle 12. Operation of Bicycle and Play

Bicycles on Transit
For information in the Washington region contact - www.wmata.com
For information in the Baltimore region contact - https://mta.maryland.gov/
For information about bicycles on MARC trains, contact - https://mta.maryland.gov/
For information in Montgomery County contact - https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-dte/bikeways/index.html

Maryland's Bicycle Helmet Law
Bicycle Helmet

Maryland State Highways Where Bicycles are Prohibited
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) has the authority to prohibit cyclists on any highway that is not suitable for bicycles.

The following highways are prohibited to cyclists.

  • I-68, I-70, I-81, I-83, I-95, I-97, I-195, I-270, I-370, I-395, I-495, I-695, I-795, I-895, MD 10, MD 90, MD 100, ICC MD 200

In addition, the following highway sections are prohibited to cyclists.

  • MD 4 from I-95 east to US 301
  • MD 26 from Market Street to US 15
  • MD 32 from I-97 west to MD 175
  • MD 32 from MD 198 west to MD 108
  • MD 295 from the Russell Street/Haines Street intersection in Baltimore City south to Washington, DC
  • MD 702 from south of I-95 to MD 150 (Eastern Ave)
  • US 13 (Salisbury Bypass) from US 13 Business south of Salisbury to US 13 Business north of Salisbury
  • US 15 from the US 15/US 340 interchange north to MD 355 (north of Frederick)
  • US 50 from the Washington DC line east to the US 50/US 301 split
  • US 301 from the US 50/US 301 interchange at Bowie east to the Delaware state line
  • US 340 from Valley Road/Keep Tryst Road north to Jefferson Street in Frederick
  • US 29 from MD 108 north to Old Frederick Road

Bridges

The following bridges prohibit bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

  • Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge - US 301 over the Potomac River
  • William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge - US 50/301 over Chesapeake Bay

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA), which oversees the management of the facilities, recognizes that these prohibitions may create difficulties for some cyclists. As a courtesy, the MdTA offers the following services:

William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge:

A private, professional service is available, for a fee to assist cyclists over the Chesapeake Bay. Contact the service at least 24 hours in advance to verify the location and time of pick-up. For more information, contact the MdTA at 410-974-0341.

Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge and Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge:

The MdTA transports cyclists and their bicycles across the bridge for a fee. This service is provided as a courtesy only when circumstances permit. The service is not an official operating policy of the MdTA. Contact MdTA at least 24 hours in advance. The telephone numbers are 410-575-7162 for the Hatem Bridge, and 301-259-4444 for the Nice Bridge.

For more information about the Maryland Transportation Authority go to www.mdtransportationauthority.com