City’s Proposes Law that Protects Bicyclists, a First for Georgia
DUNWOODY, GA – According to an online article at ajc.com, Dunwoody, Georgia is proposing an ordinance to afford bikers greater protections when on city roads.*
A resident of Dunwoody was on his bicycle close to his home where a close call changed his mind about safety and behavior on the roadway. According to the resident, a driver who was exiting a subdivision didn’t see him, and drove right into his path, knocking him off of his bike. Luckily, he only was scraped as a result of the accident and did not sustain any other injuries.
Stories like this bicyclist’s as well as an accident where a jogger was hit by a vehicle in a crosswalk, has influenced the city of Dunwoody to propose a new ordinance for Georgia, which is the first of its type for the state. The “Valuable Road Users” law, which may be passed soon, provides certain protections for pedestrians, bicyclists, and those who are “vulnerable” on the roadways such as skateboarders, scooter riders and motorcyclists.
The ordinance, headed by a city councilman, serves to provide greater protections than the current state law, and increases penalties for motorists who hit or act in an aggressive manner towards pedestrians or bicyclists.
There are a number of cities and states across the nation, which include Utah, Connecticut and Houston, that have their own vulnerable road users laws. Bicycle advocates in Georgia have urged lawmakers to pass a law that exceeds the current protections for cyclists. “This is obviously an issue everywhere. It’s not unique to Dunwoody,” the city councilman stated. He further asserts that “I hope we can be an inspiration to neighboring municipalities, other cities throughout the state.”
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