IN THE SPOTLIGHT • The business.
Cotton Mill Exchange is an exceptional collection of 200 local artisans, designers and merchants providing new and handmade furniture, antiques and primitives, home goods, handcrafted and new jewelry, distinctive gifts as well as a variety of new sophisticated clothing. Cotton Mill Exchange occupies 48,000 square feet of space within the 120-year-old cotton mill, located in the historic district of downtown Canton. The store consists of a multitude of shops where worn wood finishes, architectural salvage and vintage industrial pieces blend seamlessly with modern design.
• The difference. 225 Reformation Parkway, Suite 100 Canton 30114
www.cottonmillexchange.net On Facebook and Instagram “Cotton Mill Exchange is a fantastic place to shop for all things. It’s every boutique shop, in every small historic town square, in one location.” - Michael W.
Cotton Mill Exchange is a unique retail shopping experience with its 120-year-old brick walls and wooden floors and ceilings. The store has the largest footprint in the old Canton Cotton Mill #1, which set the standard for high quality denim being produced in our country. The store connects with its historical past with huge black-and-white photos and other historical items on display throughout the interior. The Cotton Mill Exchange logo also pays tribute to its denim-producing past with the color blue. The store is part of a mixed-use development that includes a brewery, restaurants, a bridal venue, office suites, hair salon and other retail shops opening later this year. The large video board and green space outdoors is home to concerts, game-day viewing and family time throughout the year.
Rules of the Road for Bicyclists BY JOEL WILLIAMS
Spring is here, and many of us are spending more time outside, riding our bikes. If you, or your family, will be enjoying the outdoors on two wheels, it is important to become familiar with Georgia laws that govern bicycle riders. Under Georgia law, a bicycle is considered a vehicle, and the person riding the bicycle is considered a driver. Therefore, bicycle riders must follow Georgia’s Uniform Rules of the Road.
Some of Georgia’s most important bicycle safety laws are: • Helmets are required for riders younger than the age of 16. • A white headlight that can be seen from 300 feet must be used when riding a bicycle at night. • The rear of the bicycle must be equipped with a red reflector, approved by the Department of Public Safety, or a red light visible from a distance of 300 feet. • For anyone older than 12 years of age, it is unlawful to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk. • Riders shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as possible.
3-foot safe passing rule
There are also laws that automobile drivers must follow when sharing the road with bicyclists. One of the most important laws is known as the 3-foot rule, which requires the operator of a motor vehicle to leave at least 3 feet between the motor vehicle and the bicycle when overtaking or passing a bicycle that is proceeding in the same direction.
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Although 3 feet is the minimum distance required, it certainly is reasonable to give bicyclists much more space. After all, bicyclists do not have the benefit of all the safety features found in most modern automobiles.
What to do if you are involved in a cycling accident.
• Call 911. • Have the police write an accident report. • Take photos of the scene, the other driver’s car, your bike and your injuries. • Contact a lawyer if you need to file a claim with an insurance company.
There are numerous trails for bicycle riders in Georgia, and several of them are located in Cobb County. They include the Noonday Creek Trail, the Silver Comet Trail, Allatoona Creek Park, Logan Farm Park Trail and Kennesaw Mountain to River Trail (North Segment). You can find many more on the www.cobbcounty.org website.
Joel Williams is a partner at Williams|Elleby, a Kennesaw based personal injury law firm. www.gatrialattorney.com.