Three north Georgia lawmakers have already heard from cyclists across the state after filing legislation that would dramatically change the rules of the road for bicycles. State Representatives Carl Rogers, Lee Hawkins and Emory Dunahoo, all Republicans from Gainesville, planned to hear even more at a public hearing on the bill Monday evening.
A few dozen people are riding bicycles from coastal Georgia to the nation's capital to raise awareness and money for groups supporting police officers killed in the line of duty. Organizers expect more riders to join the group along the route, with about 350 cyclists peddling into Washington on the final leg May 12.
The annual Twilight Criterium race will take place Saturday in Athens, rain or shine. “It may dampen spirits slightly, but everything will go on,” said Bill Overend, chair of the Athens Twilight Foundation. Cyclists have been taking part in the 80K race since 1980. The criterium wraps around downtown Athens and has grown from just 40 cyclists to now 150. Overand said the event has become a huge boost for downtown businesses and they will be prepared for the inclement weather.