Jimmy Mudgett hasn't bought a new bike since being hit by a car while cycling on Md. 31 last year, but he knows he'll have to get back on the road soon.
Only eight months removed from surgery to repair a fractured back, Mudgett is training for an Olympic-distance triathlon this fall. He'll need to bike outside as part of his training.
He was training for the Ironman Triathalon — a long-distance race composed of 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking and 26.2 miles of running — in August 2014 when he was hit from behind by a car on Md. 31.
"I'm pretty scared to go back on the roads," he said. "You don't really think about those things until they happen to you."
The incident was not Mudgett's first run-in with drivers on the roads, though it was the most serious.
"A lot of drivers, they don't like seeing bikers on the road," he said. "They feel like they don't deserve the same rights as cars."
As warmer weather makes its way through the area, residents are expected to hit the streets on foot or on bicycles in greater numbers.
Bicycles are considered vehicles under Maryland law and their riders must obey the same rules, according to Cpl. Jonathan Light of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. Cyclists have the right to be in the travel portion of the road, Light said, and must follow all traffic signals.
Mudgett said he tries to avoid peak driving times like rush hour and rides during bright daylight hours to make sure he's visible. He also knows the roads with the widest shoulders and visibility for drivers to see him.
Mudgett said though he knows the rules of the road when he's on a bike, he doesn't trust that others will.
Moore said the biggest offenders are drivers approaching an intersection and turning right. They look left at traffic and when they see it's clear, they start driving without checking to their right again.
"I'm always aware of it," he said.
Even when he's using a crosswalk, which gives him the right of way, Moore said he gets people honking and throwing their hands up at him. He's also seen people blow right through crosswalks when he's standing waiting to cross.
"Yeah, we have the right of way, but they're still in a car," he said.
Moore said he is training for this fall's Baltimore Marathon and does all of his running outside. This week he'll probably log 35 miles.