Illegal for a Georgia Cyclist to Carry Something That Will Not Allow Rider to Keep at Least One Hand on the Handlebars at All Times (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-295)

Legal Commentary. It is against Georgia law for a person riding a bicycle to carry a package or other item which does not allow the driver to keep at least one hand on the handlebars of the bicycle at all times. As an attorney who has handled many Georgia cycling accidents and bicycle injury and death cases, I have seen this law used as a defense for an errant motorist who hits a cyclist. This happened to a client of mine who was a courier and was transporting a larger-than-usual package. We still obtained a good settlement, but bicycle riders should nonetheless be aware of this law, the full text of which is below.

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See the text of the statute below:

Section 40-6-295 Prohibition on carrying article which prevents rider from keeping at least one hand upon handlebars

No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle, or other article which prevents him or her from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebars.

HISTORY: Ga. L. 1973, p. 471, § 9; Code 1933, § 68A-1206, enacted by Ga. L. 1974, p. 633, § 1; Ga. L. 1990, p. 2048, § 5; Ga. L. 2011, p. 426, § 3/HB 101.