HB 689, a bill that would severly restrict biking in Georgia if passed, was introduced back in January, in the first year of a two-year session (this means the bill is still "live" in 2014). This bill would 1) require all bicycles to have tags and registration 2) prohibit you from riding side-by-side aka two abreast 3) let local and state government prohibit you from riding on certain roads and 4) basically outlaw group rides through spacing requirements.
Luckily, Georgia Bikes was on top of it! Check out their blog post on the topic. This is why the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is a member of Georgia Bikes, and why you should join too!
Join ABC while you're at it - as the bike advocacy organization located in our state's capital, we end up down at the Capitol a fair bit, doing our best to educate legislators on the impact of bills like this one.
Back in January we learned the bill was unlikely to go anywhere, and was introduced to address a specific concern about a group ride on a road in Gainesville. Georgia Bikes and ABC are opposed to the bill.
At this time there is no call to action, but Georgia Bikes is monitoring the situation and will alert us if the situation changes. If you'd like to attend a community meeting on the bill, here's the info:
Hall County Commission meeting room, County Government Building, 2875 Browns Bridge Rd. Gainesville,GA 30504 Monday, October 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m