5/15/15 WTVM Editorial: Safe biking - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

5/15/15 WTVM Editorial: Safe biking

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Our communities in Georgia and Alabama offer bicyclists great opportunities for fun and adventure.

May is Biking Awareness Month, so it's worth reminding each other that bikers have rights and responsibilities to share the road safely.

Whether you like to ride a mountain bike trail or cycle the Riverwalk between Columbus and Fort Benning, we can all enjoy biking here year round.

In both Georgia and Alabama, a bicyclist is considered a vehicle on the road, which means traffic laws apply and bicyclists must ride as safely far to the right as possible.

Georgia and Alabama both require any person under the age of 16 riding a bicycle to wear a protective helmet, and even if you're over 16 it's always the smart thing to do.

Did you know that in Georgia, drivers may not open car doors adjacent to traffic and bicycles unless it's safe to do so - another law that's important to obey.

And is it legal to ride your bike on the sidewalk?

Not unless a specific local ordinance allows it.

Remember, bikes are considered vehicles and vehicles don't belong on the sidewalk.

Biking gives so many of us great pleasure but we should never forget that dangerous behavior on a bike or driving near bicyclists can have consequences that can change our lives forever.

So, always be aware of your surroundings and ride carefully so you can live to ride another day.

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General Manager Holly Steuart brings two editorials a week to WTVM. If you would like to respond to an editorial, e-mail your response to WTVM Editorial Committee or write to:

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Columbus, GA 31906

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