Share the Paths and Streets
May is National Bike Month! But you don't have to wait till then. Hop on a bike today and get out there to enjoy the fresh air and our beautiful island! Don’t forget your helmet! Remember, if you are operating a vehicle, including a golf cart, please leave a distance of no fewer than three feet when overtaking and passing a bicycle or a pedestrian. Not only is it respectful, but it also is in compliance with Georgia law §40-6-56.
Did you know that a bicycle is considered a vehicle and the person riding the bicycle is considered a driver when the bicycle is operated on a roadway? Many people are not aware that cyclists have a lawful right to be on The Landings’ streets and on streets throughout the state of Georgia. In fact, people riding on bicycles on a roadway may ride two abreast, according to Georgia law §40.6.294. The Georgia Bikes website (georgiabikes.org/resources/georgia-bike-laws) provides a great refresher on bicycle laws in our state.
Before you head out on your bike, make sure that it well-maintained. Once you have ensured that your bike is in order, you will need the proper equipment, including a snug-fitting helmet, reflective clothing for low visibility conditions, and safety equipment such as reflectors, lights, and mirrors. Georgia law requires that any bicycle rider or passenger under 16 years of age must wear a helmet [O.C.G.A §40-6-296(d)]. However, the National Safety Council recommends that everyone wear a helmet, regardless of the length of the ride. If you ride a bike frequently on our streets and are not familiar with TLA’s helmet decal program, please contact us at 598-1982, option 2. A Security Officer can explain how to equip your helmet with an easily distinguishable tag that will let our Security team members know you are a resident. If you ride as part of a larger group through the community, Security always appreciates a heads up!
We responded to several incidents of missing or damaged street signs during March and April. Now we are seeing street signs being switched. Typically, I get chastised for assuming these acts are related to juvenile members of our community. Therefore, please have a conversation with all of your household members who might even consider such a “prank” and remind them this simple prank could have devastating results, including delayed response to a medical emergency.
By now, everyone should know that Georgians 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Georgia Department of Public Health’s Coastal Health District (gachd.org/vaccine) continues to provide the vaccine, and you can sign up on their website. Please do your due diligence about this vaccination. Ultimately, only you can decide if it is the correct course of action for yourself.
This article was originally published by The Landings Association on their website. Visit landings.org to read the original article. https://landings.org/news/2021/04/22/security-update%C2%A0