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Message of support from Lt. Governor

We received the encouraging and supportive message below from Lt. Governor Casey Cagle:

Friends,

Just a few weeks ago, I was honored to join you for the Georgia Municipal Association’s Georgia Rides to the Capitol
bike ride. As an avid cyclist myself, I was excited to be with you to discuss critical issues relating to bike safety in Georgia.

While with you that morning, I committed to working to pass important cycling safety legislation.
On the last day of the legislative session I saw an opportunity to amend HB 101 to include the “Three Foot Passing”
language. I had the amendment drawn up and consulted with the committee chairman and bill author. 
I’m proud to report that, thanks in part to your hard work, we were able to pass House Bill 101 on the final day of this
legislative session.

This legislation updates some of Georgia’s cycling laws and includes the critically important three-foot minimum passing
distance requirement. 
Under this new law, both cyclists and motorists will all be able to operate on Georgia’s roads more safely.

The last minute passage of this bill is yet another example of why it is so important that Georgia citizens are involved in
the legislative process. 
I look forward to continuing to work with you to strengthen Georgia’s bike safety laws and on other issues of importance
to you.

If my office can ever be helpful, I hope you’ll let us know.

Look forward to seeing you on the roads,

Casey Cagle

Lieutenant Governor

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HB 101 Passes!

 


May 11th - Gov Deal signed HB 101 into law. April 14th, 2011 - HB 101 was approved by the House 150-9 with a 3 Foot Safe Passing amendment from the Senate.

A sincere and heartfelt thank you to all who contacted a Rep or Senator these past few weeks, and many thanks to Rep Doug McKillip of Athens for his capable sponsorship of HB 101. Thank you to Rep. Doug Holt (112th) for co-sponsoring the bill in the House. Thanks to Senator John Albers of Roswell for his addition of the three foot passing language, and thanks also to Senator Bill Cowsert (Athens) for his sponsorship of the bill in the Senate.

For the voting record, as well as the final and previous versions of the bill, go here.

HB 101, with 3 Foot Passing amendment, up for final vote today

 

Georgia is poised to pass significant legislation that will dramatically improve safe cycling conditions in the state.

HB 101 is up for another vote today in the House of Representatives.

Due to modifications made in the Senate on April 12th, HB 101 is coming before the House of Representatives once
more for approval of the bill with changes (known as an "agree" vote). Today is the final day of the 2011 legislative session.

In order for the bill to pass, it must receive at least 91 votes.You can watch the House broadcast live online, but please note that
it's any one's guess as to when 101 will reach the floor for a vote ( some time between 9 am and midnight tonight).

Senate changes being voted upon include:

  • An amendment defining the minimum safe passing distance as three feet (introduced by Sen. John Albers of Roswell)
  • Removal of language prohibiting parking in bicycle lanes (In some areas, bicycle lanes have been inappropriately
    installed in on street parking areas. Georgia Bikes! plans to work on this issue.)
  • Removal of language requiring children under the age of 1 year to wear a helmet (no helmets are manufactured for
    this age group)

 

101 initially passed the House 93-73 and was sponsored by Rep Doug McKillip of Athens.

HB 101 Passed the Senate, with amendments, 47-4 and was sponsored by Senator Bill Cowsert, also from Athens.

For the latest & previous versions of the bill, click here.


School Siting in GA - What the Decision Makers Say

 

In 2010, UNC Chapel Hill conducted a survey of school siting decision makers in a number of states, including Georgia.

Full survey results from GA are available here, but we're posting some findings that caught our attention below:

  • 60% of school closures were due to a new facility being constructed. More than half of the abandoned school buildings were not demolished but were instead renovated and re-purposed for other governmental uses.
  • Barely 8% of those surveyed thought it important to site an elementary school in a manner that facilitates walking & biking to school.
  • Many respondents cite state standards as their primary guide for site selection.

A Brief History of Bicycling in Georgia


I started digging in my local paper's website yesterday for stories, ads, and images of the history of bicycling.
My time quickly- and happily - got sucked into researching historic images of cycling from around the state.
Please enjoy the humble fruit of my research below. Look at how dapper these turn-of-the-century cyclists were!

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