A new Georgia law signed by the governor on Wednesday requires drivers to give cyclists three feet of clearance when passing.
Prior to the passage of House Bill 101, state law required drivers to simply determine a safe distance between their vehicle and the cyclists.
Lawmakers say if the new rule is violated, drivers can be charged and face hefty fines or even jail time.
"When I am driving and I see someone on my side of the street or in my lane, I'm gonna probably give them more than three feet, if permitted," says Thomasville Resident Melanee Hill.
The League of American Bicyclists says Georgia now joins 19 other states with three-foot passing laws.