Group bike ride near Mt. Airy, MD 2009

Group bike ride near Mt. Airy, MD 2009 (Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun staff)

Bicycling activists are gearing up for another day of lobbying their state lawmakers in Annapolis for bike-friendly legislation.

Cycling safety and access are expected to be topics of discussion on Wednesday (Feb. 22) as Bike Maryland hosts the 15th annual Maryland State Bicycle Symposium.  Among the group's top legislative priorities is a bill to toughen the state's new ban on using cell phones while driving - making it possible for police to stop and cite drivers.

The group's other focus is on improving bicycling facilities and cyclists' access to public areas.  Another bill Bike Maryland is pushing would require public colleges and universities to incorporate bike and pedestrian paths into their campus plans.

The symposium runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the President's Conference Center of the Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis.  For more, go here.