We Wave initiative promotes safety for bicyclists, motorists


Maybe a friendly wave can help.

Police Chief Art Acevedo will unveil a new initiative today that aims to improve safety of cyclists and motorists on Austin streets.

The idea? A friendly wave makes bicyclists and motorists more aware of each other, and fosters cooperation and camaraderie between the two groups.

That’s a big challenge. I get regular emails from motorists frustrated by cyclists’ behavior, and vice versa.

The truth is, there are good bicyclists and not-so-good bicyclists, just as there are good motorists and not-so-good motorists.  We all need to look out for one another as we share the roadways.

A short film that accompanies the We Wave initiative features Austin musicians Ben Kweller and Bruce Robison, hotelier Liz Lambert, BMX pro Aaron Ross, Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Bicycle Sport Shop owner and Bike Austin board member Hill Abell and his wife Laura, along with Acevedo. To watch it go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl9iDuOwYhM.

For more information go to wewave.org.

Merchandise sales help underwrite the campaign through continued events and deployment of the “Wavemobile,” slated to roll Austin’s streets soon.

Roll nice, folks.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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