Overall, traffic deaths in Georgia declined; however, fatal bicycle accidents in Georgia went up 28 percent in 2012 from the previous year. Unfortunately, cyclists in Georgia are at risk for being involved in a traffic death, especially since there are more bikers on the road seeking alternate transportation methods.
According to statistics, 18 bicyclists died in Georgia bicycle crashes last year, which is prompting bicycle safety advocates and highway safety officials to find a way to reduce cycling risks in Georgia to make cycling safer and find an overall solution to this serious safety problem.
“Bicycling will only to continue to grow in Georgia. To ensure that all of Georgia’s road users can return home to friends and family safely, we must respect each other’s right to our public roads, obey the law, be attentive and work together to build safe facilities for all,” said Brent Buice, executive director of Georgia Bikes.
The cities that don’t report bicycle fatalities, like Roswell and Cumming, built some trails for bikers in an effort to make their cities safer for cyclists. Both of these cities have built facilities to keep cyclists safe, such as the Big Creek Greenway that stretches from Roswell and Alpharetta to Forsyth County.
By building facilities, making roadway improvements, and educating drivers and bikers about how to interact properly on the road, Georgia will hopefully see a reduction in cycling fatalities in the years to come.
Shane Smith Law extends our condolences and sympathies to all those who lost loved ones in Georgia bicycle accidents.