Ga. lawmakers drop bicycle registration proposal

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Three Georgia lawmakers who introduced legislation requiring cyclists to get license plates and ride in state regulated formations say they're dropping the bill after hearing complaints from the public.

More than 300 people attended a meeting Monday night that went on for about three hours and many spoke publicly in opposition of the proposed legislation.

Republican Reps. Carl Rogers, Lee Hawkins and Emory Dunahoo were looking to require all cyclists to register with the state and limit group rides in response to complaints from Georgia drivers.

Some drivers complained about bad behavior among cyclists, while some cyclists told stories of drivers harassing them, pulling guns or being the victim of a hit and run.

The Gainesville Times reports that Rogers said drivers and cyclists need to be more courteous.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)

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