Bicycling is not a dangerous activity, but we live in a state where road design and roadway behavior can lead to tragedy.
As 2013 draws to a close, let us remember all of the Georgians, and visitors to Georgia, who have lost their lives while riding a bicycle. This year, bicyclists represent 2.4% of all traffic fatalities in the state, and the total number of bicyclists killed on our roadways has been rising since 2011. With your help, we will reverse this disturbing trend and create a Georgia where all roadway users are confident that they can safely return home to their friends and family.
Every incident reflected above is different, and pinpointing "blame" can be slippery, but we do know a few things for certain:
Important news from Cobb County DOT regarding bridge work on the SCT:
Cody Nicholson, an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia, produced and directed a mini-documentary, Ride Free, which explores the need for and value of creating safer conditions for bicycling.
Check out his website for the film here. Well done, Cody!
With our friend Tyler from BikeAthens, we set out to record images of the importance of wearing visible clothes this time of year, even in broad daylight. We also show a few illustrations of basic safe cycling techniques.
Transitized, a Chicago-based blog about urban active transportation issues, offers this useful poster summarizing the benefits of protected bike lanes (also known as cycle tracks, buffered bike lanes, or green lanes):