The Georgia Bikes Blog

Recent Inquiries on Bicycle Safety

The choice to ride a bicycle is being made by more and more people across the state of Georgia. People are riding for a multitude of reasons: daily commuting and transportation, health and wellness, recreation and tourism, as well as to be social with their friend, neighbors, and community. Many of these riders are coming back after a long time off a bicycle and others are first-timers.

With these parameters, the need for bicycle education is important for both those on bicycles and those driving. Roadway safety is an evergreen topic! A few commonly unknown or misunderstood laws are described below.

On way to center bicycling is to recognize that “Bicycles are vehicles and have the same rights and responsibilities on public roads as motor vehicles” [40-1-1(15, 75)].

This changed since many of us were children on bicycles. “Bicycles must travel in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic, even when in a designated bike lane” [40-6-294(f)].

As things go, cycling is social, “Bicyclists may lawfully ride two-abreast” [40-6-294].

When it comes to use of bike lanes, “Bicycle lanes are set aside for preferential use by bicyclists. Bicyclists are not required to ride in a bike lane just because it exists. In general, use a bike lane when it is safe and convenient to do so based on your destination.”

 For motorized vehicles drivers (cars, trucks, transport trucks, etc.) there are several that maybe unfamiliar to you as they address how to drive with a bicycle present on the road. “Obstructing a bike lane or multi-use path is a misdemeanor [16-11-43]. Working in conjunction, “aggressive driving is considered a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature in Georgia.” When passing a person on a bicycle, there is a right and wrong way to pass. “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 passed the overtaken bicycle. The term ‘safe distance; means not less than three feet” [40-6-56]. To achieve distance of three feet, “cars may cross a solid yellow centerline to pass a cyclist if the oncoming lane is clear and it is safe to pass” [40-6-46(c)].

And finally, cyclists who violate traffic laws will be subject to the same penalties as drivers of motor vehicles, except that no penalty shall be assessed against a cyclist’s motor vehicle driver’s license.

Keep these in mind as they address most situations, however, there are more laws and standards of bicycling that any rider will be held accountable of. To find out more about laws, expectations and safe bicycling practices, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a copy of our Bicyclist Pocket Guide. We will ship the amount of copies requested. Be smart and have fun!

Press Release - 2017 Georgia Bike Summit p/b Bike Law GA Sept 29-Oct 1 in Macon, GA

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Elliott Caldwell
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8th annual Georgia Bike Summit Highlights Health Economic Benefits of Bicycling, Renewed Focus on Bicycle Safety

Macon, Ga. – Georgia Bikes, a nonprofit organization working to promote and improve bicycling throughout Georgia, is hosting its eighth annual statewide conference, the Georgia Bike Summit presented by Bike Law Georgia, from September 29 to October 1 in Macon. The Saturday conference will take place at the Macon Marriott City Center, with other events taking place across Macon during the weekend, including Open Streets Macon on Sunday October 1. Under the theme of “Bikes at the Heart of Safety, Health, and Opportunity”, the 2017 Georgia Bike Summit will convene elected officials, transportation and tourism professionals, community leaders and citizen advocates for a weekend of networking and resource sharing.

Each year, the Georgia Bike Summit takes place in a different community in Georgia. The Summit moves in order to expose more communities to the benefits of being bicycle-friendly. Macon was selected as the host for the 2017 Summit because of the progress it is making in being more friendly to people on bicycles, from the founding of Bike Walk Macon (the first bicycle/pedestrian advocacy organization in the city) to Zagster Bikeshare to the continued development of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail to Macon Connects, the world’s longest pop-up bike lane network. “Macon is on its way to becoming a bike town and we are very excited to be a part of that evolution,” says Elliott Caldwell, Georgia Bikes’ Executive Director. “Rachel Hollar and Bike Walk Macon are leading the way for safe and complete streets, creating a more bikeable and walkable Macon for all its residents and visitors alike – we are glad to bring the 2017 Georgia Bike Summit to a city on the move,” he adds

During the Summit, workshops and speakers will address policy, funding, and infrastructure issues that can help communities interested in sustainable development and improved quality of life. The main conference occurs on Saturday, September 30th, and will feature workshops on topics such as creative funding for bicycle infrastructure to local youth bicycle programming to the health benefits of bikeshare. Summit sponsor Newtown Macon will lead a demonstration of setting up a pop-up bike lane (similar to Macon Connects) on Saturday morning outside the Macon Marriott City Center on Coliseum Drive. The Saturday main speaker is Nedra Deadwyler, Safety Education Programs Manager with Georgia Bikes and founder of Civil Bikes in Atlanta; she will engage the attendees on re-thinking bike education at the state level. Summit attendees can attend Bike Walk Macon’s Open Streets Macon event on Sunday from 2-6pm, starting at the corner of Montpelier Avenue and College Street.

For more information about the Summit, including registration information, visit