Bicycles on Highway 54???

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Are bicycles permitted on state highways? This last Saturday I watched three older gents do a right turn off of Peachtree parkway and head West on Hwy 54. It was amazing that they backed up traffic in the right lane for several minutes as drivers were afraid of hitting them. It was even more amazing that a PTC police car observed this and did nothing!

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Bicycles on SR 54

Yes, they're allowed.

skyspy
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Good Question on Bicycles SPQR

In the city limits I thought if a cart path was visible from the road they had to be on the cart path. GA state law does say they have to share the road. No more than 2 across and they are supposed to stay as far to the right as possible to allow cars to pass. In Fayette County you will find that they like to ride 3 to 4 across and weave across the center line to slow traffic. The cyclists here do not like to share the road. In most other counties though you will find polite cyclists.

The laws pertaining to cyclists sharing the road with cars are never ever enforced however, so if it feels good do whatever you want to do. It's not like the cops are going to fine you like they do in other counties and states. Go ahead ride 4 cyclists across in Fayette County the laws are just suggestions.

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Sky: it actually happens once in a blue moon

A few months ago at the 4-way of Robinson Rd and Crosstown, a bicyclist blew through the intersection as a PTC patrol car was approaching behind me and the cop immediately hit the lights, whipped around, and pulled him over. Shocked me and kudos to the officer for doing it. I have had too many instances of practically standing my car up on the front bumper to avoid hitting a cyclist who ignored a stop sign and almost got killed.

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Nuk,

It doesn't happen enough.

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Biking Laws--some cities

enforce rules more than others. A number of yrs ago, my son was given a ticket for riding his bike through a red light at 2am in Laramie, Wyoming!

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NUK: Cyclists

I have had one cyclist almost T-bone my car because he failed to look or stop coming off of a side street. Good to know the police are cracking down on that kind of thing.

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Ticketing Cyclists

Are cyclists required to have an ID with them. If not, how do write them a citation and enforce it?

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Tickets, Cyclists and Identification

The Georgia vehicle code does not require an ID or driver license while operating a bicycle. Some carry, as I do, their DL.

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cyclist

So if a cop stops a cyclist to ticket him for an offense and the cycler doesn't have ID with him, should he be turned over to border patrol for export? Or just brown fellows?

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Gee CHR$

Beats me but then police don't usually stop cyclists. Nor do they stop pedestrians that are illegally cross-walking.

BTW, "cycler". About 3 years ago another odd-ball blogger use the similar word. Very interesting.

Courthouserules
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cycler (one who cycles)

Cyclist:
You AR funny sometimes!

Millions of jay-walking tickets are written every year in some cities.
No id, you go to jail until you get one.

Pull a fast one on a bike in NYC and see if you get a ticket!

How are are to be disciplined for violating laws if not stopped?

You know, I can't remember seeing a kid on a bike on the highway since I have been here! Just dudes and dudesses! They seem to hang on the paths.

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CHR$

Millions of jay-walking tickets are written every year in some cities.

Not around here.

Spyglass
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That pertains to golf carts..

Not bikes.

Courthouserules
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I lost some of the "bike" comments

Due to ALL comments now "flying" off the front page so fast with all the commenters, that it is less time consuming to go directly to the "More Comments" and click it than to use the "Recent Comments" column or the "More Recent Comments," column then scroll to the bottom of the "more Comments," and click on that, and you can read all of the above for days if you desire.

I had to write this down to even type it and it may still be incorrect!

Maybe, just one "recent comments" column and at the bottom of it a place to click that says, click for rest of comments!
If that fouls up the holding pen, I can't tell you how to fix that!

Of course you need not do anything.

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Bicylces Allowed on 54

Follows the logic of:

***No golf carts allowed to cross 54 or 74 at pedestrian crossings, even though you can cross faster in a cart than on foot.

***Pedestrian signals and 20 feet of sidewalk that are being installed all over the county with no connections to anywhere.

***Legal to not wear a seat belt in a pick up truck. (for the next 4 weeks, anyway, bubba)

***80+ miles of cart paths in PTC to bike on, yet bike riders have to block traffic on the roads that have no shoulders (see above).

***Twelve year olds can drive a cart in PTC who can't even reach the brake without standing up and can't see over the steering wheel. Their parents who think they are growing up so fast and are so cute.

***Southbound lanes at the north side of 54 and PT Pkwy. light (2 of them) become one for thru traffic for no reason at all. Yet, 2 lanes are available on the south side of the intersection for (what?) thru traffic. Still documented as one of the top 3 crash sites in PTC.

***My most favorite..signs that we pay for that say "Share The Road".

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PTC and bicycles

Here is the section in the PTC code that addresses bicycles.

Sec. 78-12. - Use of available bicycle paths.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter or any ordinance, it shall be unlawful for anyone to ride a bicycle on the streets of the city where a paved bicycle path is available along the same route.

Realistically, how enforceable is this? For one thing where are these "bicycle paths"? There aren't any. That's right, they don't exist. What PTC has are multi use paths. PTC code doesn't acknowledge, through definition, bicycle paths. BTW, we all know how safe these multi use paths are.

Here's something else. PTC like other municipalities will acknowledge or adopt state law for example traffic laws. PTC does through section 78-1 which states:

State rules of the road—Adoption by reference.

The Georgia Uniform Rules of the Road, Title 40, Chapter 6 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated and any subsequent amendments thereto, are adopted to regulate traffic upon the public streets of the city.

This means that PTC has adopted all state traffic rules to regulate traffic which leads us to my favorite state traffic statute 40-6-294 which in part reads:

(c) Whenever a usable path has been provided adjacent to a roadway and designated for the exclusive use of bicycle riders, then the appropriate governing authority may require that bicycle riders use such path and not use those sections of the roadway so specified by such local governing authority.

The last time I checked, PTC does not have exclusive paths for bicycles.

inkslinger
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Cy-I Get It

However, if the paths are unsafe enough for walkers, runners, carts and every unleashed animal out for a stroll or a run, then, by golly, they are unsafe enough for bikes, too!:)

Although, "multi-use path" might just have a broad enough definition to cover just about everything that moves.

Dianne G
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Whoever violates the rules

Whoever violates the rules should be punished. Thus, everyone must always aware with it. There are a few things you can do to help ensure that your automobile is not the one that the police notice. When you try to stay away from a traffic ticket, then the best and easiest way to just not get stopped. Avoiding a police offer’s gaze, though, isn’t always easy.

I found this here: Five easiest ways to avoid a traffic ticket

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Bicycles on State Highways

As a long time cyclist, we occasionally have to get on a state highway to make connections between non-highway roads. One of the problems causing cyclists to ride out in the lane are Georgia's "drunk strips". I would gladly ride on the shoulder, where they exist, if they wouldn't put the rumble strips there to keep the drunks on the road.

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It's perfectly legal..

Exactly what is your issue?