Gail Lane: Let’s Be Safe

Cycling 1Each week, the Grayson Cycling Club organizes at least two rides with more than 100 bicyclists leaving Grayson to log in some miles through many of our secondary streets towards Loganville. Some groups will ride 15-20 miles, and many of the riders will challenge themselves with either a tough terrain, longer ride, or accomplishing a faster time each week.

If you live anywhere in the Grayson area, you’ve probably come across one of these groups on either a Monday or Tuesday night and held back at the tail of the pack wondering what was the appropriate action to get around the group.

The GCC riders are fully aware of THEIR responsibilities for their own safety when riding. There are leaders to each group and those who maintain the back of the pack to make sure everyone clears intersections safely, the pace is maintained, and to make sure everyone stays as close to the right hand side of the road as possible.

Georgia laws state that a “person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, except when turning left or avoiding hazards to safe cycling, when the lane is too narrow to share safely with a motor vehicle, when traveling at the same speed as traffic, or while exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction; provided, however, that every person operating a bicycle away from the right side of the roadway shall exercise reasonable care and shall give due consideration to the other applicable rules of the road.”

Cycling2In these groups, you’re not likely to see them riding anymore than two abreast as allowed by law; riders will have on helmets and the bicycles will have the required lights and other safety features.

By law, you may pass a bicycle, leaving a safe distance between your vehicle and the bicycle, maintaining that “clearance until safely past the overtaken bicycle.”  Per state code, the term ‘safe distance’ means not less than three feet.

If you witness what you think might be potentially dangerous or even inconsiderate behaviors by these cyclists, don’t get frustrated, just please contact cbanks1369@aol.com to discuss the situation. We ask that drivers in the Grayson and Loganville communities be extra diligent during the hours of around 6:30 until 8:30 on Monday and Tuesday evenings on these roads most commonly used by the Grayson Cycling Club:

  • Grayson Parkway
  • Grayson New Hope Road
  • Chandler Road
  • Herring Road
  • Camp Mitchell Road
  • Berry Road
  • Briscoe Road SE
  • Bay Creek Road
  • SR 81
  • Lee Byrd Road
  • Broadnax Mill Road
  • Youth Jersey Road
  • HD Atha Road

As a community, we are proud that these cycling enthusiasts have chosen Grayson to call their home base. Let’s all do our part in making sure that our active community is encouraged in their endeavors! And if you feel compelled to join in the fun, you may do so on any Monday or Tuesday night as the rides leave from the Grayson Coffee House at 6:30 p.m.

Gail Lane is the Director of Community Development for the City of Grayson.

Author: Jason

Jason Brooks is the owner and editor of Grayson Local. A resident of Grayson for over 14 years, he loves the Grayson community and the potential it holds. A former pastor, Jason now works as a freelance writer. He has written for The John Maxwell Company, North Point Ministries, The Ford Motor Company, Catalyst, and several regional magazines as well. You can follow Jason on Twitter (@JasonMuses).

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