One of our objectives at Bike Roswell! is to help and encourage people to get out and ride their bicycles for transportation as well as recreation. In order to achieve this, we are also working diligently to make riding bicycles as safe as it is fun by educating bicyclists and motorists alike. If you ride bicycles or drive other vehicles there are safety rules and laws you should know. These are a few…
Bicyclists Riding Two Abreast
Georgia Law [40-6-294(c)]
“Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on bicycle paths, bicycle lanes, parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, or when a special event permit issued by a local governing authority permits riding more than two abreast.”
Why Cyclists Ride Two Abreast
In Group rides, social interaction is huge and so is the need for safety. One technique cycling groups use to reduce the risk of collisions is riding double file, particularly in narrow lanes and when approaching intersections. This article discusses how riding double file can deter common crash types and… [more here]
Share The Road: Georgia’s 3 Foot Law
It’s the Law: Motorists must give a bicycle a minimum of 3 feet of clearance when passing.
Click here for video by Officer Zac Frommer, Roswell Police.
(Pass this around to your friends.)
Georgia Code 40-6-56
(a) As used in this Code section, the term ‘safe distance’ means not less than three feet.
(b) Notwithstanding any provision of this article to the contrary, when feasible, the operator of a motor vehicle, when overtaking and passing a bicycle that is proceeding in the same direction on the roadway, shall leave a safe distance between such vehicle and the bicycle and shall maintain such clearance until safely past the overtaken bicycle.
Click here for Georgia’s bicycling law – House Bill 101 (AS PASSED HOUSE AND SENATE)
Share the road!
Cyclists are sons, daughters, mothers and fathers. By showing common courtesy and respect on the road, we can ensure the two-way street is a safe street for all. Click here for AAA Exchange bicycle safety webpage of excellent resources.
Distracted Driving Poster
80% OF DRIVERS MISTAKENLY BELIEVE hands-free devices are safer than handheld.
Drivers talking on handheld or hands-free devices can FAIL TO SEE 50% OF THEIR SURROUNDINGS
Distracted Dirving Poster 2015
Provided to us by Vikram Kaul, Ph.D.
Kimberly-Clark, Roswell, GA
Bicycle Safety Videos:
Bike Safety – A Bicycle Friendly America (Roswell is a Bicycle Friendly Community)
Bicycle Safety PDFs
Georgia Bike Sense: A Guide for Cyclists & Motorists
Published by the Georgia DOT: Click here for booklet
In Georgia, motorists and cyclists share the road. Both have equal rights and responsibilities to obey all traffic laws. All road users should show respect and consideration to each other.
Georgia law was revised requiring motorists to allow a minimum of 3 feet clearance when passing a cyclist. See Video
Cycling Awareness Tests:
Test Your Awareness #1: Do The Test
Test Your Awareness #2: Cyclist Test
Here is a “wake up” video: How big is a truck’s blind spot?
Now, do you understand “blind spot”?
Bike Safety for Kids – Info and Tips:
Let’s face it. It’s difficult to properly teach kids when we don’t know the subject matter all that well ourselves. This especially goes for teaching kids about bike safety. Read this material and your children will find the learning process fun because, after all, children love riding their bikes. Then pledge to be a good “Roll Model” with them. You’ll be glad you did!
Click here for a lot more safety information from the NHTSA.
Safe Bicycling from a Kid’s Eye View
Click on Images to help children learn bike safety and why it’s important to wear a helmet. The cartoon Jeff will tell kids why you need to wear a helmet and how to make sure your helmet fits correctly. Let your children watch the videos with you!
Georgia Bikes videos: Bicycles = Fun / Freedom – at any age. (click on images)
Stay Focused: Don’t Text & Drive
Mobile phones are essential to everyday life – many of us like to keep ours within reach at all times. But we can’t allow them to be a distraction behind the wheel. Join us with your pledge to drive responsibly
Fast Facts about Texting & Driving:
23x increased likelihood of being in an accident if texting while driving compared to driving while not distracted
More Facts about Texting & Driving:
Source: Verison Wileless
Law Enforcement Resources
Even MORE Resources..