At the conclusion of a packed public forum in Gainesville, the sponsors of HB 689 have agreed to drop the bill and pursue it no further in the state legislature!
Many thanks to the hundreds who showed up to support bicycling in Georgia and oppose this ill-conceived bill. Over more than two hours, dozens stood up to speak on the many reasons this legislation would harm the growing health and economic benefits of bicycling. A representative from GDOT also informed the crowd about the statewide Complete Streets policy we helped them develop in 2012, a policy which, over time, will address the underlying engineering issues that create unsafe conflicts between motorists and people on bikes. Brent Buice, our Executive Director, spoke near the end of the forum, offering to coordinate a regional task force to work through the issues raised by Gainesville area cyclists and motorists.
To learn more about how to create a bike friendly Georgia, please join us in two weeks for the 4th annual Georgia Bike Summit. To help us continue to serve as a watchdog at the Gold Dome looking out for your safety and rights to the road, please become a member and purchase a Share the Road tag for your other vehicle.