Will Georgia Ban Two-by-Two Bicycle Riding? Stay Tuned

Will Georgia Ban Two-by-Two Bicycle Riding? Stay Tuned


Posted on Mar 10, 2012

Last year, lawmakers passed a bill requiring drivers of motor vehicles to keep at least three feet of distance while passing a cyclist on the road; however, this year, cyclists may have a new rule to adhere to.

A bill hoping to mandate single-file riding on all Georgia roads was introduced recently and is already being discussed in committee hearings. The bill, SB 468, is sponsored by Butch Miller (R-Gainseville), who was the past chairman of the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association.

If passed, this bill would ban two-by-two bicycle riding. Because of this issue, cyclists are putting out the word to fight this bill.

Cycling lobbyists in the Capitol will make the following points about riding two-by-two:

  • When cyclists ride side-by-side, they are more visible to drivers of motor vehicles, which would reduce the potential of a Georgia cycling accident.
  • Riding side by side is already illegal in all cases when it impedes traffic.
  • Cyclists riding two-by-two feel it is a practical way to communicate with each other and to share safety advice and directions.
  • When parents ride by the side of their children, they act as a buffer between cars and their kids.
  • Riding side-by-side helps bicycle riders learn beneficial cycling behaviors from another bicyclist in club rides.
  • The accident rate for club riders, riding side-by-side, is five times lower than other cycling adults.
  • Forty-seven states permit cyclists to ride side by side.

There may be another substitute bill that would satisfy both sides, and our Atlanta bicycle accident attorneysat Kalka & Baer will keep you updated.

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