If the 'car drivers own the road' argument needed any more reinforcement (and doesn't it always?), a feisty letter in today's Ottawa (GA) Citizen goes a long way to putting the record straight.
"According to the Georgia Code, bicyclists have a legal right to operate a bicycle on Georgia roads. That legal right is spelled out in many sections including 40-6-290, 40-6-291,and 40-6-294," writes Fayette, GA resident Wesley Walker.
The letter is in response to a previous writer, who complained about spandex wearing cyclists blocking her way and stated, "I have a right to the road and you do not - I will only share the road with another tax-paying vehicle."
Sound familiar? For some reason we hear a lot of this on RTH and, to be honest, I don't know where it comes from.
"Whether you like it or not," continues Walker, "you (car drivers) do not have the authority to exclude bicycles from our state or local roads. That is a right guaranteed by the law. With that right also comes recourse when that right is violated."
One wonders how many more times this point will have to be made before everybody gets it.
(On an unrelated note, RTH readers may wish to know what the hell I was doing browsing the Ottawa, Georgia Citizen during my work days. Well, what can I say - I was bored. :)
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