New “3-Feet” bike law now in effect

July 6, 2021–10:36 a.m.


The City of Rome is reminding motorists that there is a new “3-Feet” bike law in Georgia.

It requires drivers to give cyclists 3 feet of space on Georgia roads.

If there’s an available lane, you are required to get over.

You can now cross a double yellow or white line to give three feet of space

If you can’t cross the line because of oncoming traffic or it’s not safe to do so, you must slow down by at least 10 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when passing.

Motorists Passing Cyclists: “3-Feet-Law”
ยง 40-6-56 (as of July 1, 2021) (a) The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a bicycle shall approach the bicycle with due caution and shall proceed as follows:

1) Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the bicycle if possible in the existing road and traffic conditions; or (2) If a lane change under paragraph (1) of this subsection would be impossible, prohibited by law, or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be at least ten miles per hour less than the posted speed limit or 25 miles per hour, whichever is more, and proceed around the bicycle with at least three feet between such vehicle and the bicycle at all times.

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