Because the bridge has no shoulders, cyclists will have to share the right travel lanes with vehicles. State officials said they are still working out details about tolling rates, safety signage, and any restrictions.
Cheryl Sparks, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority, said “safety will be a priority” in the plan that state officials are working on now and will announce closer to July 1. Asked how the state will ensure that cyclists in the right lanes won’t worsen traffic congestion on the bridge, Sparks mentioned the potential for some restrictions during certain times of day.
Sparks said the authority isn’t considering allowing cyclists to use any other Maryland toll facilities because state law prohibits riding a bike on any road where the posted speed limit is above 50 mph. With a posted speed limit of 45 mph, Sparks said, the Hatem Bridge is the only toll facility with a speed limit below 50 mph.