Late yesterday the Georgia state legislature approved HB 101 which requires a minimum safe passing distance of 3 feet when overtaking cyclists. Congratulations and thanks to Georgia Bikes!, Representatives McKillip and Holt, Senator Albers and all Georgia cyclists who contacted the state legislature.
Originally introduced as HB 180, which failed to pass the Georgia House of Representatives, the 3 foot safe passing language was a late amendment to HB 101 the “Better Bicycling Bill”. In addition to the safe passing language, HB101 also cleans up Georgia state code in regard to bicycling by legalizing the use of recumbent bicycles, further defining bike lanes and updated equipment requirements.
Georgia cyclists should contact Governor Nathan Deal, and urge him to sign this important bill into law.
Jeff PeelPeel joined the League in March 2008 as a Program Specialist for the Bicycle Friendly Communities program. Peel has a BA in American Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi.
State and Local Advocacy Coordinator