3/27: Complete streets for all

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Caution: Bicycling blog ahead.

Common sense seems to have won out this legislative session when a Georgia senator and a bicycling advocacy group got together over a proposed bill that would have outlawed two-abreast riding.

Cycling groups also are trumpeting the sales-tax referendum July 31 because some of the projects it will fund increase bicycle safety. We devote the bottom of the page to readers and bloggers who comment on the pitfalls of cycling around metro Atlanta.

What do you think?

8 comments Add your comment

Bernie

March 27th, 2012
1:06 pm

Margaret Mitchell the famed Author of Gone with The Wind was struck down by a speeding car on Peachtree St many years ago in Atlanta during a time when there were even fewer cars on the road than there are today. Not only should these warnings be applied to all citizens, This should specifically include LAW enforcement personnel doing regular routine duties. Many can be observed driving at excessive rates speeds throughout the Metro area without blue lights or sirens putting all users of Georgia roads at risk.

Jack

March 27th, 2012
8:35 am

No problem… Just as soon we start licensing any bicycle used on the street and the appropriate taxes are paid.

Road Scholar

March 27th, 2012
8:34 am

While they educate the drivers, also educate the pedestrians and cyclist. If you are in a crosswalk walking, get out of it, don’t linger. Cross the street like you mean to get to the other side. You are in jeopardy.

Bernie

March 26th, 2012
10:40 pm

Most Atlanta drivers find it very difficult just to yield for Pedestrians in a marked crosswalk. How does one expect better treatment to cyclists sharing the same road? This proposal will cause for massive amounts of money from the state which they do not have presently, through driver education and PSA messages. Until then, unfortunately the number of Deaths will have to climb in order for all drivers to see the light. as stated from John Ellison ” You would have to have a death wish to ride a bicycle on the streets of Atlanta.”

Many of the motorcycle riders around the metro Atlanta area are getting that wish as of late.

Jack

March 26th, 2012
8:58 pm

I haven’t ridden a bike in a long time. But if I do, it won’t be on Atlanta streets or a highway.

Hillbilly D

March 26th, 2012
8:22 pm

Common sense seems to have won out this legislative session when a Georgia senator and a bicycling advocacy group got together over a proposed bill that would have outlawed two-abreast riding.

Might work okay in Metro Atlanta, I don’t know. It’s a different story where I live. We have curvy, two lane highways where the speed limit is 60 MPH. It’s doesn’t seem like “common sense”, when you round a curve and there’s a bicycle in the road, much less two abreast. If you happened to be meeting a car at the same time, everybody’s options are limited and it’s a recipe for something bad.

that's goofy

March 26th, 2012
7:42 pm

There are so many great places to ride in this area. Nature and history are everywhere. Unfortunately a few simpleminded drivers and obtuse cyclists create problems.

I wonder how a driver with a vendetta will feel the day he injures or kills a cyclist because the “rider was in the way”?

John Ellison

March 26th, 2012
6:51 pm

You would have to have a death wish to ride a bicycle on the streets of Atlanta.