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10/31/2014
C * 30 * MD * 9:45 AM * Lake Needwood to Bethesda * Lake Needwood (NEE)

10/31/2014
D/C * 19-32 * VA * 10:30 AM * West on W&OD, a Promotional Ride * Vienna Community Centre (VCC)

10/31/2014
C/CC * 27/35 * MD * 11:00 AM * Bud Bike Friday * Buddy Attick Park (BUD)

10/31/2014
C/CC * 20 * VA * 3:45 PM * Where is T. Jefferson Institute? * Oak View Elementary (OVE)

11/1/2014
CANCELED C (H) * 22 * MD * 8:30 AM * Paved Trails Off Rock Creek North * Veirs Mill Park (VMP) *

11/1/2014
B/BB/A * 58 * MD * 9:30 AM * 58 for 58 * Riley’s Lock (RIL)

11/1/2014
CANCELLED A/BB (MH) * 80 * VA * 9:30 AM * Edinburg Gap * Eastham Park (EAS)

11/1/2014
C * 22 * MD * 10:00 AM * Ledo Loop-Bethesda Start * Parking lot @ 6300 Little Falls Pkwy

11/1/2014
C * 26 * VA * 10:00 AM * Belle Haven Loops * Belle Haven Picnic Area (BEL)

11/1/2014
C/CC * 33 * VA * 10:00 AM * Lake Brittle by Bicycle * Lake Brittle VA * 40 deg

11/1/2014
TANDEM * 24/32 * VA&DC * 10:00 AM * WABITS Monumental D.C. Ride and End-of-Season Party * Alexandria

11/1/2014
D (F) * 14 * MD * 10:30 AM * Lunch at the Original Ledo * West Hyattsville Metro Park & Ride Lot

11/1/2014
CANCELED* 19 * VA * 11:00 AM * Beginner and Re-starter Nice and Easy * Vienna Community Centre (VCC)

11/2/2014
C/CC (mh) * 30 * MD * 9:30 AM * County Fall Foliage * Poolesville (POO)

11/2/2014
CC/B/BB (MH) * 20-40 * MD 9:00 AM * Cabin John Weekend Fever * Cabin John Regional Park




Bicycling Laws in DC, MD and VA
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Below are summaries of bicycling laws in DC, Maryland and Virginia.  Areas which are blank are not mentioned in the law of that particular state.  For the full specific wording, please refer to the actual laws, codes and guidelines posted on each state's website.


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Maryland
Virginia




General
Cyclists traveling on roadways have all the general rights and duties of drivers of vehicles.
Cyclists traveling on roadways have all the general rights and duties of drivers of vehicles.
Cyclists traveling on roadways have all the general rights and duties of drivers of vehicles.




Traffic Flow
Ride with the flow of traffic on the right half of the roadway.
Ride with the flow of traffic as closely as practicle to the right side of roadway.
Ride with the flow of traffic on the right half of the roadway.




Where to Ride
Operate a bicylce in a safe and non-hazardous manner, so as not to endanger himself or herself or any other person.
Full lane use allowed when traveling at the normal speed of traffic, operating on a one-way street, passing, preparing for a turn, avoiding hazards, traveling in a lane too narrow to share and avoiding a mandatory turn lane.
Full lane use allowed when traveling at the normal speed of traffic, passing, preparing fora turn, avoiding hazards, traveling in a lane too narrow to share and avoiding a mandatory turn lane.




Cyclists Passing Cars
Allowed to pass on left or right, in the same lane of changing lanes, or pass off road.
Exercise due care when passing.
Allowed to pass on left or right, in the same lane of changing lanes, or pass off road.




Cars Passing Cyclists
A person driving a motor vehicle shall exercise due care by leaving a safe distance, but in no case less than 3 feet, when overtaking and passing a bicycle.
The driver of a vehicle passing a cyclist must provide 3' of space between the car and cyclist.  The driver should be able to see the passed vehicle in the rear view mirror before returning to the original lane. After passing you must make sure you are clear of the bicyclist before making any turns.The driver of a vehicle passing a cyclist must provide 3' of space between the car and cyclist. 




Dooring
No person shall open any door of a vehicle unless it is safe to do so and can be done without interfering with moving traffic.
A person may not open the door of any motor vehicle with intent to strike, injure or intefere with any bicyclist.





Riding Two Abreast
Allowed when it does not impede traffic.  May not ride more than two abreast.
Allowed when it does not impede traffic.  May not ride more than two abreast.Allowed when it does not impede traffic.  May not ride more than two abreast.




Mandatory Bike Lane Use
Not Required.
Use of bike lanes required when available except when passing, preparing for a turn or avoiding hazards.  No required us of separated paths.
Not required.




Cycling on SidewalksYield right of way to pedestrians.Yield right of way to pedestrians.Yield right of way to pedestrians.

Prohibited in the central business district (bounded by Massachusetts Ave. NW, 2nd St NE-SE, D St SE/SW, 14th St NW, Constitution Ave and 23rd St NW). Allowed where posted in this area, and prohibited where posted outside this area.
Allowed where permitted by local ordinance (such as in Montgomery County).

Allowed except where prohibited by local ordinance, such as Alexandria.

Must give audible signal before passing pedestrian.






Audible Warnings
Bell or other device required, sirens prohibited.Bell or other device required, sirens prohibited.Bell not required.




Helmets
Required for any operator or passenger under 16 years of age. Required for any operator or passenger under 16 years of age. Required by local ordinance for any operator or passenger 14 years of age or younger in Alexandria, Arlington Co., Fairfax Co. Falls Church, Vienna and other jurisdictions.





Helmets are required on all Potomac Pedalers Rides.
Helmets are required on all Potomac Pedalers Rides.Helmets are required on all Potomac Pedalers Rides.




Lights at Night
Front white light and rear red reflector (or rear red light) required when dark, may be attached to operator.Front white light and rear red reflector (or rear red light) required when dark.Front white light and rear red reflector required when dark, may be attached to operator; rear red light required on roads 35 mph and up.




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