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City of Dunwoody backs HB 180

The City of Dunwoody unanimously passed a resolution supporting HB 180, the "Tony Serrano Three Feet Safe Passing Act" bill. The City of Roswell, a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community, has also passed a resolution in support of this legislation. Let us know if your community is pursuing a similar resolution!

Many thanks to Dunwoody's bicycle advocates and City Council for this emphatic support of safer cycling in Georgia!

Full text of Dunwoody's resolution.

Bikes & cars can get along

Outside.com writer Tom Vanderbilt rode the substantial 3.5 hour bike commute with New Yorker Joe Simonetti to learn about the day-to-day challenges faced by the commuter cyclist in the US.

Some noteworthy quotes:

The little things that drivers think are excusable—forgetting a turn signal, weaving a bit as they fumble for their Big Gulps—can range from frustrating to life-threatening for a cyclist.

When accidents do happen, they can generate as much vitriol as concern, as drivers circle their station wagons and trot out now familiar arguments: that the roads are meant for cars, or that cyclists don't pay for the roads—a particularly unwarranted charge, given that local streets are paid for primarily by sales and property taxes. There's a feeling among many drivers that cyclists, either by their ignorance of the law or by their blatant disregard for it, are asking for trouble.

"The majority of drivers go out of their way to give me room, and are decent and good drivers around cyclists," says [Jeff] Frings, a news cameraman and avid rider who lives in the suburbs of Milwaukee.

As various studies have found, the more cyclists and cycling infrastructure a town has, the safer it becomes statistically, not just for cyclists but for drivers and pedestrians alike.

In thinking about how to improve driver-cyclist relations in America, the easiest thing is to simply get more people on bikes.

And finally,

To cycle in America today is to engage in an almost political act, but what's often obscured is the simple idea of pleasure. Andy Clarke notes that bike-component maker Shimano, in some research it conducted with the design firm IDEO, found that when you talk to adults and ask them about their earliest childhood memory, "it invariably involves a bike—exploring their neighborhood, careening down a hill, ditching the training wheels." We need to rediscover that, he says. "They don't want to feel like they have to be Lance. People want to be normal, and they want cycling to be a part of normal life."

HB 101 up for vote tomorrow!

HB 101 will be up for a full House vote tomorrow, February 17th!

This bill is important for improving bicycle safety and modernizing Georgia's code related to bicycles.

For full details, see our white paper.

To contact your state representative, click here!

Roswell Passes Resolution in support of HB 180!

Many, many thanks to the City Council of Roswell for the following Resolution in support of our "Three Foot Safe Passing" bill!

STATE OF GEORGIA

CITY OF ROSWELL

February 14, 2011

A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE BILL 180, A PROPOSED AMENDMENT OF
THE OFFICIAL CODE OF GEORGIA ANNOTATED, TO PROVIDE FOR GREATER
AUTOMOBILE, PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE SAFETY.

WHEREAS, the City of Roswell, Georgia is a Georgia municipal corporation; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council are the governing authority of the City; and

WHEREAS, Mayor and Council are charged with the protection of the health, safety and welfare
of the citizens of Roswell; and

WHEREAS, the City of Roswell is the first and currently only city in the State of Georgia
officially recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Community; and

WHEREAS, the City has invested in its infrastructure and seen a dramatic rise in the number of
bicyclists in all areas of the City; and

WHEREAS, the increase in bicyclists and motorists using the same corridors could potentially
pose a public safety concern; and

WHEREAS, Mayor and Council have reviewed proposed House Bill 180 currently before the
State of Georgia General Assembly which provides for an amendment to Title 40, Chapter 6, Article 3 of
the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to driving on the right side of the roadways, overtaking
and passing and following too closely, so as to require the operator of a motor vehicle to leave a safe
distance between such motor vehicle and a bicycle when such vehicle is passing the bicycle; to provide
for a definition; and to provide for related matters; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council believe that House Bill 180, attached hereto and
incorporated by reference, is in the best interests of the citizens of the City of Roswell:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the City of Roswell,
Georgia, and it is hereby resolved by the authority of same, that the Mayor and Council of the City of
Roswell hereby support House Bill 180 introduced in the 2011 Session of the Georgia General Assembly
which provides for an amendment to amend Title 40, Chapter 6, Article 3 of the Official Code of Georgia
Annotated, for the purpose of providing greater safety for bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians, and for
other purposes.

Let a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to all state legislators serving the City of Roswell.

The above resolution was read and approved by the Mayor and Council of the City of Roswell,
Georgia on the 14th day of February, 2011.


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