Drivers Jump On Cycles to Save Gas

Just because you aren’t driving a car, doesn’t mean you can’t be on the receiving end of a traffic ticket. As many have converted their commute vehicle to a bicycle, moped, motorcycle or even motorized scooter in some cases, adherence to Georgia’s Traffic Laws is still important.

“The rising cost of gasoline has many people considering alternate modes of transportation.

Area bicycle and motorcycle shop managers say sales are up from last year. Last week, Aiken Motorcycle Sales and Service had sold out of every middleweight motorcycle, scooter and moped by Wednesday.

“The largest portion of the mopeds and scooters we sell are to people who are going to use them as transportation,” said sales manager Marsha Hopkins.

Sales began to increase around mid-March, just about the time gas prices started spiking, she said.

Nationally, bicycle sales reached $6 billion in 2007. Sales in 2002 were $5.2 billion, according to the National Sporting Goods Association.

Though many of the traffic laws in South Carolina and Georgia also apply to bicycle riders, each has its own safety rules. And commuting differs from recreational biking.

“There’s a lot more things you have to think about when you’re riding through city streets,” said Andy Jordan, a North Augusta resident and owner of Andy Jordan’s Bicycle Warehouse.”

Article By Lisa Kaylor, AugustaChronicle.com

Georgia Traffic Laws

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