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File #: R-2-21    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 2/5/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 2/22/2021 Final action: 3/8/2021
Title: Non-motorized Wheeled Vehicles on Sidewalks - For the purpose of encouraging the Maryland General Assembly to amend State law to allow non-motorized wheeled vehicles on sidewalks by default; providing amendment language; and generally relating to non-motorized wheeled vehicles on sidewalks.
Sponsors: Elly Tierney, Rhonda Pindell Charles, Brooks Schandelmeier
Attachments: 1. R-2-21 First Reader, 2. R-2-21 Staff Report, 3. R-2-21 Fiscal Impact Note, 4. R-2-21 SIGNED
Title
Non-motorized Wheeled Vehicles on Sidewalks - For the purpose of encouraging the Maryland General Assembly to amend State law to allow non-motorized wheeled vehicles on sidewalks by default; providing amendment language; and generally relating to non-motorized wheeled vehicles on sidewalks.
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CITY COUNCIL OF THE
City of Annapolis

Resolution 2-21

Introduced by: Alderwoman Tierney
Co-sponsored by: Alderwoman Pindell Charles, Alderman Schandelmeier

A RESOLUTION concerning

Non-motorized Wheeled Vehicles on Sidewalks

FOR the purpose of encouraging the Maryland General Assembly to amend State law to allow non-motorized wheeled vehicles on sidewalks by default; providing amendment language; and generally relating to non-motorized wheeled vehicles on sidewalks.

WHEREAS, Annapolis requires a more diverse and resilient transportation system to support its citizens and commerce; and
WHEREAS, alternative transportation modes contribute increasingly to the diversity and resilience of the overall transportation system; and
WHEREAS, non-motorized wheeled vehicles, such as bicycles, are growing in their importance among alternative modes of transportation; and
WHEREAS, safety concerns represent the primary factor inhibiting people who want to use non-motorized vehicles for transportation; and
WHEREAS, the development of new infrastructure, such as individualized road lanes and paths for non-motorized vehicles, or pedestrian only paths are hindered by lack of funding and time constraints; and
WHEREAS, infrastructure in the form of sidewalks currently exist but are underutilized due to a defect in State law that exacerbates personal safety concerns among cyclists; and
WHEREAS, child, elderly, and inexperienced cyclists are presently mandated by State law to use roads and streets designed for high-speed automotive traffic when safer and underutilized sidewalks are available; and
WHEREAS, state, county, and municipal laws are confusing, inconsistent, and either disco...

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