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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Photo of the Day: Don't run me over

Several hundred cyclists — and tight bike shorts and helmets — from across metro Atlanta converged on the Gold Dome today for the sixth annual "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event.

The ride, which includes cyclists from as far away as Stone Mountain and Covington, aims to promote development of a regional bicycle network, raise awareness of cycling's benefits, and show support for legislation related to cycling. According to the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association, or MAMA, more than 25 metro Atlanta mayors and councilmembers led rides from their cities to the Capitol.

Gov. Nathan Deal was among those who addressed the crowd. Deal was met by cheers and when he left the podium chants of "three-foot law," a reference to a piece legislation that requires drivers to leave at least three feet of space when passing cyclists.

Deal admitted it had been a long time since he'd ridden a bike. When asked about the three-foot law he said "I have not taken a look at it."

The event concluded with riders getting ready to ride back to their communities. "Ride your bike whenever you can!" bicycle enthusiast Bruce Dickman told the crowd as they gathered their two-wheelers.

(Special thanks to Zac Stanfield of mix1 for letting me stand on his van to take this picture.)

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