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Helmet Law and Bridge Information

Helmet Law:

Maryland law requires all bicyclists under the age of 16 to wear a bicycle helmet when riding on public property. This includes roadways, trails, and sidewalks. Some local jurisdictions maintain their own local rules:

Allegany County under 16
Howard County under 17
Montgomery County under 18
Sykesville, MD. all ages (includes adults)


The following bridges were not designed to accommodate bicycle or pedestrian traffic.

Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge - US 40 over the Susquehanna River

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. It is suggested that you contact the service at least 24 hours in advance of your crossing to verify the location and time of pick-up. For more information, contact the MdTA at 410-757-6000

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

The MdTA may, if manpower and time are available, transport cyclists and their bicycles across the bridge for a fee. This service is provided as a courtesy only when circumstances permit. It is not an official operating policy of the MdTA. Again you should contact MdTA at least 24 hours prior to arrival. The telephone numbers are 410-642-2466 for the Hatem Bridge, and 301-259-4444 for the Nice Bridge.

For more information about the Maryland Transportation Authority, or its facilities, please contact:

Maryland Transportation Authority
Office of Media and Customer Relations
303 Authority Drive
Baltimore MD 21222-2200

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