Roswell forum draws crowd, calls for more driver education

Yesterday at Roswell's City Hall, a sizable crowd of advocates and North Atlanta residents gathered for a forum on recent cyclist fatalities and how to improve bicyclist safety. forumOrganized by Georgia Bikes,  Atlanta Bicycle CoalitionBike Alpharetta and Bike Roswell, the forum, "Remember and Ride On," allowed guests to share grief over friends and loved ones lost to preeventable traffic collisions. A lively Twitter discussion supplemented the event. To follow the online discussion, search for #RideonGA.

Many attendees expressed dismay at the light penalties for motorists who injure or kill people on bikes, while others decried the widespread ignorance of Georgia's four year-old safe passing law, which requires motorists to provide at least a 3' buffer when following or passing people on bikes.

Ready to act, many attendees signed up for action alerts. We will be contacting participants very soon with messages they can share with lawmakers and the Georgia DOT to encourage the state to adopt a Vulnerable Road User law and to increase funding for safe, high quality bicycle facilities.

More photos by Doug Fallon from the event below: