New Rules for Vehicles and Bicycles

Good Morning Ball Ground:

The State of Georgia has enacted some new rules of the road when encountering bicycles on public roadways.  The previous law stated you needed to move over and give the bicycle at least 3 feet of room when passing.  The law now states that when safe and legal to do so motorists should make a lane change to give the cyclist even more room.  In the event it is not safe or legal to change lanes then the motorist must slow down to at least 10 mph slower than the posted speed limit, or 25 mph, whichever is greater.  At the very minimum, you MUST slow down the 10 mph under the speed limit AND provide at least 3 feet of clearance.  Again, making a lane change is the goal, when safe and legal to do so.   You can find more specifics in the Georgia Code Section 40-6-56 which became effective July 1st, 2021.

Groover Street may be closed a bit longer than anticipated.  The weather doesn’t appear to be cooperating and the contractor must avoid opening up too large of a section at one time when rain is in the forecast, as the project could turn dangerous very quickly in heavy rains.

Have a great day Ball Ground.


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