Joining Forces to Ensure Compliance With Georgia Bicycle Light Law
Pedestrians and oncoming traffic have a hard time seeing bicyclists at night if they don’t use a headlight and rear light or reflectors, as required by state law. The Atlanta City Council teamed up with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting better biking through advocacy for over twenty years, on Friday, December 14th to hand out bike lights in a “Let’s Get Visible” effort to promote safety. Funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), Councilman Michael Julian Bond donated 200 additional lights to ABC volunteers. The donation is needed and this drive has a special focus: students and commute-to-work bicyclists.
Cyclists participated in a “Tour de Lights” ride that ended at a coffee shop on the west side. Members of the Coalition routinely carry extra bike lights with them to hand out as needed, and get together bi monthly to ride and promote safer and better bicycling in the Atlanta area. But this special, annual event is especially effective in drawing the public’s attention to the difficulty pedestrians and operators of motor vehicles have seeing bicyclists who ride without lights, especially in the early dawn and dusk hours.
The greater Atlanta area has experienced a sharp upturn in commuter as well as recreational bicyclers and now that Daylight Savings Time has ended, more cyclists will find themselves pedaling after dark. Unfortunately, at the time of year when visibility is needed most, many ignore Georgia bike laws requiring a front white light and rear red light or reflector.
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Why don’t some bicyclists use lights? The answers are varied. For some, it is a financial issue. Others don’t know they are required by law or where to purchase bike lights. Either way, without a bright white light and the proper rear light/reflector, bicyclists risk their lives and endanger the lives of unwary drivers and pedestrians.
Georgia motorists in the Athens area who have been unexpectedly injured in an accident involving a bicyclist without proper lighting should consult a metro Atlanta car accident lawyer. While bicycling is an economical, healthy, and fun way to get to and from work or school, visibility is key to avoiding a motor vehicle accident. Maintaining high visibility not only protects the bicyclists, it protects those he or she may encounter. Let’s save lives by making sure we’re all in compliance with Georgia motor vehicle and bicycle safety equipment.