Applicable to Bicycles When Operated on Highway or on Bike Path (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-290)

Legal Commentary. This Georgia bicycle statute legally establishes that the Georgia laws governing bicycles and bike operational safety are applicable whether the operator of the bicycle is driving on a highway, city street or established bicycle path. This may seem self-evident, but as a Dekalb County Georgia bike injury lawyer, I believe the distinction is important. If a cyclist is injured by a fellow cyclist, it will be important for the victim of a bicycle accident to establish negligence against the offending bicyclist. Violation of a state law does that. If the accident happens outside of a highway or thoroughfare, you would not want the offending cyclist to claim that the safety laws did not apply to the location where the injury occurred. This statute clarifies this point, and leaves no doubt to all Georgia cyclists about how to operate in any venue.

See the full text of the statute below:

Section 40-6-290 Applicable to bicycles when operated on highway or on bike path

The provisions of this part applicable to bicycles shall apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon a highway, upon a bicycle lane, or upon any bicycle path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, subject to those exceptions stated in this part.

HISTORY: Code 1933, § 68A-1201, enacted by Ga. L. 1974, p. 633, § 1; Ga. L. 1990, p. 2048, § 5; Ga. L. 2011, p. 426, § 3/HB 101.