Bicyclist Struck by Car at Canton, Piedmont Intersection

Are Georgia’s cycling laws adequate protection for cyclists? Share your thoughts on cycling safety in the area.

A bicyclist was hit by a car near the intersection of Canton Road and Piedmont Road last week, Fox Atlanta and 11 Alive reported. 

There's no word on how badly the bicyclist was hurt, but multiple lanes of Canton Road were blocked and traffic was delayed.

Do you think the Georgia laws are strong enough to protect both cyclists and motorists who share the road? Do you think that cyclists using the road should be required to register their bikes and purchase tags and insurance?

A recent story in Decatur-Avondale Estates Patch highlighted the problem with cycling safety, noting that cyclist Dave Mathews, who was injured in a bad bike wreck 18 months ago, has made cycling safety an issue. His passion on the subject was fueled after a pickup struck and killed cyclist Paul Taylor and authorities announced last week nobody will be prosecuted.

"We're human beings, too," said Mathews, who started a Facebook page about bike safety in Atlanta. "We're not disposable creatures."

Atlanta bicyclists have long complained about motorists being inconsiderate, with many hogging the road and passing them too closely. Earlier this year, Roswell resident and bicycling advocate Eric Broadwell was struck by an off-duty Fulton County police officer. He escaped the incident relatively unharmed. Unfortunately, others are not so lucky. A Marietta man was struck from behind and killed while cycling on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs last year. 

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution story quoted the Atlanta Bicycle Association as saying 28 people died in bike related accidents in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties between 2003 and 2008.

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