Cyclists say "Share the Road"
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia ranks tenth in the nation for the number of bicycle fatalities.
A cyclist group in Albany is dedicated to making sure that safety is a top priority for cyclists and motorists. They want drivers to give cyclists enough room, three feet exactly, to enjoy the roads.
Lisa Kendrick joined Cycleworld's beginner cycling group not only for her health but to also learn the rules of the road.
"We have different types of sign languages as far as stopping, when to stop as a group, when cars are passing or about to pass. Making sure we're single file and everything like that," said Kendrick.
The group meets twice a week cycling 18 mile and 21 mile routes around Albany. Motorists do worry Kendrick and she hopes drivers are obeying Georgia's three feet law when passing.
"Motorists need to remember, give us those three feet," said Kendrick.
Most bicycle fatalities don't happen at intersections. In March, an Albany man was injured when he was hit from behind while riding his bike on Newton Road. The driver told police she didn't see him. Cycling experts say paying attention is key for anyone using the roadways.
"Pay attention, know what's going on around you. The other thing with cyclists is that you are suppose to ride with traffic, not against traffic, so that will help out a lot too," said Cycleworld Owner Terrell Hoffman.
Cyclists should always have the correct protective and reflective gear for their clothes and their bikes.
"If you're riding at night you definitely gotta have something bright on. Whether it be a helmet or neon colored jersey. Something like that works and the brightest possible light you can get," said Hoffman.
Kendrick and Hoffman say there's enough room on the roads for both cyclists and motorists to be safe. It is free to join Cycleworld's beginner cycling group. They meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:15p.m. at the Doublegate Country Club. You can join the group by contacting Cycleworld at 229-435-1678.
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