The law requires bicyclists and motorists to share the road, but that law seems to be honored more in the breach thereof. Fights between motorists and cyclists are common on the roadways. Motorists think cyclists are too slow, hog lanes, and disobey traffic laws. Cyclists thing motorists drive too closely to them, need to learn patience, and also disobey traffic laws.
An opinion piece in the AJC talks about a recent spat between these two groups. The author of the piece was driving around Candler Park when he came up behind two cyclists riding side by side down the lane. He slowed down and waited for them to have an opportunity to pull over, but they did not. He honked lightly and the cyclist began to curse the driver and go even slower!
This could have turned into a very dangerous situation. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed and the driver got around when he could. But incidents like this happen all the time. While it is not illegal to ride side-by-side in Atlanta, it can create a dangerous situation. Cyclists need to be aware of what is going on behind them so they don’t block traffic.
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