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Residents promote bike safety and transportation
by Sarah Anne Voyles
July 17, 2013 02:57 PM | 2166 views | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Dunwoody Cycle Club.
Members of the Dunwoody Cycle Club.
As the summer months come to a peak, Dunwoody residents work to raise awareness for bicycle safety and transportation under current Georgia Laws.

Local cyclists ride together to promote bike safety and give an alternative to motor vehicles. Dunwoody resident Joe Seconder, who serves on the City Sustainable Initiative, works to help promote non-motorized transportation within the city.

“There is a need to provide different options for transportation in Dunwoody other than the car,” Seconder said. “If we add more bike lanes this would ease on congestion by getting more cars off the road.”

Seconder moved to the Atlanta area in 1984 and stopped riding his bike because of a lack of accessibility to bike lanes. In 2001, he moved to Europe for seven years where he saw the benefits of bike transportation for all ages. Seconder decided he needed to help promote bike safety and transportation alternative.

“Children were able to ride safely to school,” Seconder said. “I want to see a change; 20 years ago people fought to have new developers add sidewalks in their projects. Today, it’s the same argument just for bicycles.”

Dunwoody has a city ordinance requiring developers to include bike lanes in the final plans of their projects. Seconder said such ordinances show the city is doing a good job and making wise economic decisions.

Seconder’s efforts are joined with those of Georgia Bikes to help make Dunwoody a more bike-friendly community. Georgia Bikes is working to bring more bike-friendly communities to Georgia. Seconder said there are four bike-friendly communities in Georgia.

“Dunwoody is more compact than Roswell,” Seconder said. “Roswell is among the bike-friendly communities. Dunwoody needs to follow Roswell’s example.”

Seconder and Dunwoody resident Don Hall believe biking is a healthy option. Hall also believes the importance for not only motorists to know the rules of the road, but also cyclists.

“I think from a cycling perspective that cyclists also need to adhere to the rules of the road,” Hall said. “When they don’t that gives cycling a black eye. It is important that everyone should be aware of sharing because of the tragic consequences if people are not aware of the laws.”

Hall said it is important for citizens to understand the laws because with ignorance can come dire consequences.

The Georgia Department of Transportation put together a guide for both cyclists and motorists called Georgia Bike Sense. This guide is intended to educate Georgians on bike safety and can be found on the DOT website.

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