"Drive near the curb in the same direction as traffic"
Driving near the curb can be dangerous. Maryland has a far to the right rule. But! If the lane is not wide enough to accommodate both a bike and a car with three feet in between, the cyclist may ride in the center of the lane. The motorist must slow to follow and pass when safe. Briefly crossing the double line is permitted. This is similar to what a motorist would do when overtaking a slow tractor, a bus, or a buggy. If you feel safest far to the right, leave at least a foot to the left of the curb pan ... that's about two feet from the curb. There is a lot of debris and trash the closer you get to the edge, not to mention storm grates and broken pavement. And make yourself as visible as possible. Invest in a bright flashing light.
And for heaven's sake WEAR YOUR HELMET.
- 10/24/2014 12:18:23 AM