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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!

Everything you need to know about school siting policies in Georgia

 

After extensive research and fine-tuning, our full white paper on school siting policies is now available. This paper includes the history of current policies, problems these policies create, and recomendations for improving them to encourage more walkable, bikable schools in Georgia.

For a quicker read, see the short version, which focuses on the policy recommendations.

2011 Rides to Capitol a huge success

March 22nd's 6th annual Georgia Rides to the Capitol was an incredible success!
Approximately 1800 cyclists of all ages and from around the state converged on the gold dome in
downtown Atlanta to show support for better bicycling accommodations and safer cycling legislation.


More than 40 metro Atlanta mayors rode in the event, leading the
pack to the steps of the state capitol building.

Police escorted rides descended Atlanta from Roswell, currently Georgia's
only Bicycle Friendly Community, and nearby Decatur.

Once arrived, cyclists were able to park their bikes and get
snacks and refreshments thanks to the generous folks at Bike MS.

Notworthy speakers included the new GOHS Director, Harris Blackwood,
as well as Vance Smith, GDOT Commissioner, and a host of supportive
metro Atlanta mayors.

Georgia's new Governor, Nathan Deal, spoke to the crowd about
his concern for childhood obesity & the need for more physical activity.
He concluded by affirming that he "supports our efforts."

Many thanks to all of the event sponsors, MAMA, GMA,
the guest speakers, and, of course, all of the riders
who made the 2011 Ride to the Capitol a great success!

Official GMA photos of the Ride here.

For links to more photos of the event,
visit us on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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