Georgia Bicycle Safety Quiz
Here’s a quick quiz to test your knowledge about bike riding safety in Georgia. How much do you know?
True or False:
1) The safest place for a bicycle is on the sidewalk, away from the cars.
2) Unless you’re under 16 years old, it is not required by law to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
3) Ride with traffic, not against it.
4) While a bike light and reflectors are recommended, they are not required under Georgia law.
5) Georgia law allows bicyclists to ride two abreast.
Scroll down for the answers…Georgia Bike Safety
1) FALSE. Under Georiga law, a bicycle is considered a vehicle and must adhere to traffic laws. Bicyclists should never ride on the sidewalk. It’s actually far more dangerous to ride a bicycle on a sidewalk due to the heavy pedestrian traffic that is traveling much slower than a bicycle.
2) TRUE. Georgia law only requires helmets for bicycle riders and passengers under the age of 16. However, all bicycle riders should wear helmets. Wearing a helmet reduces your chance of sustaining a serious brain injury by 85%.
3) TRUE. Remember, a bicycle is legally a vehicle like a car or motorcycle. A bicyclist must ride along with traffic, not facing the other vehicles head-on. Riding into traffic doubles your risk of being in an accident.
4) FALSE. Georgia law requires the use of a front light and a red rear reflector for driving in low light and dark conditions. This allows other vehicles to see you. It is very important, and legally necessary, to increase your visibility with lights and reflectors.
5) TRUE. Bicyclists may ride two abreast on roadways, and even more are allowed to ride side-by-side in designated areas such as bike paths.
It is important to be familiar with bicycle safety laws. Riding bicycles is healthy and environmentally efficient. Especially in Georgia, with our nice weather and beautiful sights, bike riding can be a very enjoyable activity. With the large number of cyclists on the road, it is important for drivers of other vehicles and for bike riders themselves to be familiar with laws that apply to cyclists.
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