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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    3 Feet While Passing is now the law in Georgia. :-)

    Here's the info from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition's website.
    http://www.atlantabike.org/node/1944

    Gov. Deal signs 3-foot safe passing bill into law
    Submitted by rebecca on Wed, 2011-05-11 14:47
    May 11, 2011 - Just in time for National Bike Month, Georgia’s roads will soon be safer for its many bicyclists. On May 11th, Governor Nathan Deal will finalize efforts to improve bicycling conditions and road safety in Georgia by signing HB 101, “The Better Bicycling Bill,” into law.

    HB 101 modernizes a host of outdated bicycling laws in the state code and also implements a number of significant improvements for bicyclist and motorist safety. 101 makes lawful the sale and use of clipless pedals and recumbent-style bicycles, both popular and widely used in Georgia, which are technically illegal under the old code. Other changes include recognition of bicyclists’ right-of-way in dedicated bike lanes, establishing minimum design guidelines for bicycle lanes, and clarifying circumstances under which a cyclist may take the full travel lane due to unsafe conditions or obstructions.

    Most significantly, however, a Senate amendment to the bill defines three feet as the minimum safe passing distance for motor vehicles overtaking cyclists. With the adoption of this law, Georgia joins a growing number of states with safe passing distance laws. Motor vehicles passing a cyclist too closely, known as “buzzing,” are a serious factor in causing bicycle crashes.

    In a addition to the Governor and huge majorities of in the Senate and House, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle strongly supported HB 101. “This legislation updates some of Georgia’s cycling laws and includes the critically important three-foot minimum passing distance requirement,” he says. “Under this new law, both cyclists and motorists will all be able to operate on Georgia’s roads more safely.”

    Georgia Bikes’ Executive Director Brent Buice also applauds the enactment of bill, noting that “the three foot passing provision in HB 101 is a tremendous safety improvement for Georgia’s cyclists. HB 101 will help create the conditions that surveys show Georgians want: safer, more comfortable conditions for cycling.”

    For more about safe bicycling in Georgia, visit http://georgiabikes.org.

    CONTACT:
    Statewide - Brent Buice, Executive Director, Georgia Bikes
    706-372-9529

    Atlanta - Rebecca Serna, Executive Director,
    Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, 404-881-1112 or 678-431-5079




    Here's the info from Georgia Bikes!
    http://georgiabikes.org./index.php/b...b-101-into-law



    And if you enjoy reading this stuff, this is from the AJC.
    http://www.ajc.com/news/move-over-mo...ew-942645.html
    Last edited by RonH; 05-13-11 at 01:52 PM.
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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    Just had to put one of these on the back of the car.

    its-the-law.jpg
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    The new law will go into effect on July 1, 2011. Will drivers abide?

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    They don't bother to read the last page of the driver's manual, where info about cycling is found, so probably not. But we can always hope.
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    The Big winner is the state. Another ticket they can issue when we get run over.
    What I want is for the drivers license renewals you have to answer 20 questions and 10 of those be about pedestrians and cyclists. That would actually make a difference.
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    I'm sure this will make a HUGE difference (kenji says sarcastically).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grim View Post
    The Big winner is the state. Another ticket they can issue when we get run over.


    Quote Originally Posted by Grim View Post
    What I want is for the drivers license renewals you have to answer 20 questions and 10 of those be about pedestrians and cyclists. That would actually make a difference.
    Hear Hear! Grim I owe you a beer my friend! That's what I have been complaining about to GDOT and Gwinnett County commission for years.
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    It's on paper...that's a start. I think that Georgia is getting to be a more bike friendly state.

    The real work to be done is like Grim says, it's more about public awareness. Their needs to be better accountability as far as the drivers tests go. The tests should include bike law information in the form of questions. This way the general public is made aware of cycling laws intentionally.

    Hey Ron, Where can I get me one of those cool stickers? Still waiting to see the bike lanes we have been promised because of the sale of the "Share The Road" license plates...Of which I have on both of my cars...

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    The bumper sticker came in the package with my 3 Feet Please jersey.
    --> http://www.3feetplease.com/
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    Now that we have a law keeping the cars 3 feet away, what are the chances of making it illegal for a dog to come within 3 feet?

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    I'm with Grim. need to update test with the bike questions. I also want a new jersey with that lovely yellow 3feet please on it.
    Georgia state law stating that bicyclists “May Use Full Lane” when lane widths are not wide enough for motorists to safely pass cyclists and stay completely within the travel lane. (now all I have to do is convince GA drivers to read the law).

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    are any bike shops in the area selling the shirts?
    Georgia state law stating that bicyclists “May Use Full Lane” when lane widths are not wide enough for motorists to safely pass cyclists and stay completely within the travel lane. (now all I have to do is convince GA drivers to read the law).

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikegeek57 View Post
    are any bike shops in the area selling the shirts?
    No.

    The jerseys are a special design/special order. Several websites are selling various styles.
    I got mine here. --> http://www.3feetplease.com/
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