As cyclists, WE should know what laws pertain to us, why and when. If we are to help educate motorists, because we are one too, then we need to be educated as to what the changes are in HB 101 that just passed the House and Senate of GA…..and now waiting for the Gov. Deal to sign. For example, I had a lady yell at me from her car this week to get off the road and get on the sidewalk. I got to educate her that that is illegal according to GA law; you should have seen her face…
Please take the time to read thru the bullet points so you can correctly share the law when appropriate.
Better Biking bill (3 feet safe passing) approved 150-9!!
Summary: “To amend Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to motor vehicles and traffic, so as to provide for safer bicycle riding for bicyclists and the motoring public; to provide for definitions; to provide for the operation of motor vehicles and bicycles on roadways with bicycle lanes a safe distance between such motor vehicles and bicycles when such vehicles are passing a bicycle; to change provisions relating to traffic laws being applicable to bicycles; to remove obsolete provisions relating to the transporting of children under the age of one year on a bicycle; to change provisions relating to riding on roadways and bicycle paths; to change provisions relating to equipment on bicycles; to legalize the use of recumbent bicycles; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”
- Defines bicycle lanes, stipulates they be four feet (per American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials guidelines) “unless impracticable.”
- Perhaps more importantly, requires that “the operator of a motor vehicle shall yield to a person operating a bicycle in a bicycle lane.” This clears up a legal grey area and provides additional protections in our legal system in the case of a crash.
- Defines safe passing distance as no less than three feet
- Allows bicyclists to ride on paved shoulders as long as they are not required to ride on the shoulder
- Allows a right arm extended right turn signal (much easier for drivers to interpret)
- Removes requirement that children under age one wear a helmet (as helmets are not made for infants) and stipulates instead that they must be transported “according to the bicycle trailer’s instructions”
- Adds right turn only lane to list of reasons why a bicyclist might choose not to ride as far to the right as practicable
- Provides for local permits for bicycle events to allow riders to bike more than two abreast
- Requires bicyclists in a bike lane to ride in the direction of traffic
- Adds bike light to list of approved visibility devices. Bicyclists using reflectors are not required to use lights in addition.
- Legalizes recumbents and sale of bikes without reflectors on pedals (clipless pedals do not have room for reflectors)