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Squawk of the Day - March 8, 2013

"The streets are for pedestrians, cyclists or any other mode of transportation allowed by law. If you don’t know where the brake pedal is or how to use it and you cannot control your car, you are the one who should stay out of the street. You can view or obtain a copy of the Georgia driver’s manual online if you have forgotten or never learned how to safely operate a motor vehicle."

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Merlin 1 year, 4 months ago

Only idiot drivers hit folks on bikes. Stay off the cell phone and pay attention.

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buddyallen 1 year, 4 months ago

Georgia law mandates that a minimum distance of three feet be given between the auto and the cyclist or pedestrian.In some states it's five feet. Haven't all seen the "SHARE THE ROAD" signs. Pedestrians and cyclists have the legal right of way but also are required to obey the same traffic laws as autos.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Can we please get turn signal indicators installed on cars in Albany? It's high time we caught up with the latest automobile technology.

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rightasrain 1 year, 4 months ago

Let's see...how about all the "cyclist" obeying the "rules of the road" and ride SINGLE FILE as the Handbook says and not block the roads with your "gang pack" mentality. You're the danger to others!

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Broken_to_bits 1 year, 4 months ago

Was this squawk sent in by text while driving.

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RedEric 1 year, 4 months ago

Bicycles don't bother me as much as chubby people in spandex riding them. Com'on people wear Cotten!

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Oldguy 1 year, 4 months ago

Albany has some of the worst drivers on earth. I sometimes think there must be a Stupid Drivers School here and all the graduates are required to clog traffic daily. Driving in the left lane, it is a PASSING lane. Not using turn signals to let other drivers know what you plan to do before you turn in front of them. Running through stop signs and traffic signals just so you can stop at the next one. Speeding up to pass and then suddenly slowing to make a turn. Just a few things that a driver in Albany has to go through every day. Albany police are not much better, I have seen them run over curbs when making a turn and speeding well above the posted limit when not answering a call. I lived in Atlanta for a few years. Once I saw a car come to a complete stop and hesitate in the right lane of a very busy road to then turn into a shopping center. I thought to myself "That guy drives like he is in Albany." I looked at the car as I passed and guess what it had a Dougherty county tag. Just my 2 cents.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 4 months ago

Lee County drivers are not much better at driving. Most of them think they are in Nascar or something they way the haul butt down the road and run red lights.

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erudite 1 year, 4 months ago

walk against traffic and ride with traffic. If one walks against traffic and the whatever is heading for one, one can move. Riding with traffic: if one is hit from the rear, the motion will propel the rider (theoretically) away from the car.

If it is a bad day, hit 'em and run.

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VSU 1 year, 4 months ago

I agree with rightasrain! I don't mind cyclists on the road, but ride single file and not side by side by side blocking all traffic. If bikes are allowed on the streets perhaps they should be required to have license plates, insurance etc. A cyclist can be as much danger to an automobile driver as an automobile driver is to a cyclist.

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waltspecht 1 year, 4 months ago

Isn't it Georgia Code that if driving 20 or more MPH below the posted speed limit you have to have your emergency flashers on? How about these cyclists on 520 / 82 that aren't doing 45 mph and don't have any operational flashers? Then lets discuss the pedestrians without lights or reflective markings. If they are to adhere to the same rules as vehicles using these roads. Then there are the motorized wheel chairs and disabled carts driving around Dawson. I think that needs to be enforced for all if we are going to claim rights to the road

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D_Zaster 1 year, 4 months ago

I will obey the law as long as the other person does the same. Most cyclist get this, but just because you are a pedestrian, does not mean that any part of the street is your crosswalk. I would also ask that the pedestrian learns to read and understand what "Don't Walk" means, but graduating from high school in this county does not necessarily equate to an education,

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PJOHNSON11 1 year, 4 months ago

Yes, we all know "what" the streets are made for, but pedestrians, bike riders, and those other modes of transportation have to also take into consideration that roads are for vehicles as well. Pedestrians should not walk on roadways. There is designated space for pedestrians, and that is not in the turning lane, or straddling the white line on the right hand side of the roadway. Bike riders are now supposed to ride with traffic,not against, which some bikers are still doing. Riders are required to ride single file. Bikes in Georgia are considered vehicles, and therefore are not supposed to be ridden on the sidewalks when there is a sidewalk available. State law dictates that a bike rider, or any other vehicle, shall ride as close to the right side of the road as possible, unless making a left hand turn. Bicycle helmets are legally required, as are seatbelts for normal automobiles. A common perception is that someone is safer cycling on the sidewalk than on the roadway - and many motorists and even law enforcement officers irresponsibly believe and repeat that dangerous message. Sidewalk cyling is statistically the most dangerous type of cycling.
Not all vehicle accidents are cell phone related, and I am particularly tired of hearing this. Especially when the old man at Taco Bell, driving his Chevy 1500 into the night, but can barely read the menu on the board, tells me that my wallet-which he believed was a large cell phone- that women drivers and their texting machines will be the death of them all. As he drives over the curb onto Oglethorpe.

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LoneCycler 1 year, 4 months ago

Cyclists are not required to ride single file on roadways. The law states they can't ride more than two abreast without a special event permit. The laws also state that a bicycle rider has the right to the entire travel lane just as any other vehicle on a roadway has. Bicycle helmets are required only for riders 16 years old and younger. Do you live in some other state than Georgia?

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Cartman 1 year, 4 months ago

The arrogant and rude cyclists sure make life harder for the decent cyclists.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 4 months ago

The streets may be for the pedestrian & the cyclist, but shopping centers are not!
There are no laws because it is private property, so beware of the cars not obeying the stops signs or crosswalks, i will be one of them.

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Jabomanious 1 year, 4 months ago

I don't mind the cyclists when they are obeying the laws. What I do mind is when I'm driving at night through downtown Leesburg at night, and there is a cyclist riding along the center double yellow line between four lanes of traffic.

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WTFwtf 1 year, 4 months ago

I love those tv commercials with big ford gmc dodge chevy etc trucks powering over boulders and speeding across rough terrain. But the d-bags who buy them slow down to 1 mph to turn into a store or go over a bump. Get out of the way already

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VSU 1 year, 4 months ago

Only an idiot in reality would drive fast over those speed bumps and tear up their vehicles.

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