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Friday, June 5, 2009

Bikes on sidewalks

The state legislature has clarified the law regarding bicycling on sidewalks.

In short, don't do it.

The bill "allows local governments to let kids 12 and under bike on sidewalks, and states that this is the only group allowed to operate vehicles on sidewalks."

Read the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition blog post linked above for some excellent safety reasons for not biking on the sidewalk. It may not seem like it at first, but riding on the sidewalk is not as safe as riding on the street....and now it's not as legal.

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