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New "Single-File" Bike Law Proposed For Georgia.

12:12 AM, Feb 25, 2012   |    comments
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SB 468, which is currently making its way through the state senate, would force cyclists to ride single file instead of two-abreast, something many think is unsafe.

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- In some parts of Atlanta, there's more bike-walking going on than bike-riding.

That's because negotiating through traffic, especially in the city, is not for the faint of heart.

"Riding bikes is very dangerous," said one cyclist who carried a guitar case slung over his back as he pedaled. "I've seen a lot of people get hit riding bikes."

Indeed, that's the reason many cyclists will ride two abreast. It increases their visibility on the roads. And that, in turn, increases their survivability.

But SB 468, which is currently making its way through the state senate, would make that illegal. It would force cyclists to ride single file, something many think is unsafe.

Bill Moore is one of them. He's a commuting cyclist who often is forced to take the long way home on Freedom Parkway in Northeast Atlanta because rush hour on the street is too dangerous.

"If you don't get out there and claim your strip of road and let them visibly see you, they get out there and ride right up on you," he said. "I've been hit by a car twice because they ride up extremely close."

But there are others, who believe riding single-file is not a bad idea.

"I don't see that that's a problem," said another cyclist on the Parkway. "I think you could still get on the public roads, and as a cyclist you can go single file and get on a path like this."

A committee meeting on the measure was cancelled this week. No word yet on when it will be rescheduled. To read the bill, click here.

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