Bicyclists to rally at courthouse Thursday at Pedaling for Safer Roads event

Alvaro Bastidas of Please Be Kind to Cyclists places a ghost bike in honor of a fallen bicyclist in this Austin American-Statesman file photo by Ralph Barrera.
Alvaro Bastidas of Please Be Kind to Cyclists helps place a ghost bike in honor of a fallen bicyclist in this Austin American-Statesman file photo by Ralph Barrera.

Heads up, bicyclists.

Pedaling for Safer Roads III, a rally to remind lawmakers and city officials of the need to enforce laws and prosecute motorists who injure or kill cyclists, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday.

Please Be Kind to Cyclists, a non-profit group that works to foster cooperation between bicyclists and motorists, is organizing the event.

Cyclists are invited to gather in front of the Travis County Courthouse, 1000 Guadalupe Street, for a short group ride and rally. In years past, the rally has taken place at the Capitol. This year it will take place at the courthouse.

Law enforcement representatives have been invited to speak.

“People who ride bicycles are frustrated and are looking for answers from law enforcement agencies such as the District Attorney’s office, the Travis County Sheriff’s office and APD on how bike-auto crashes are handled,” said Pat Bastidas, one of the co-founders of Please Be Kind to Cyclists.

“If we can make commuting by bike feel safe and convenient, not only will we alleviate traffic, we can make an impact on health issues, traffic fatalities, road maintenance, the possibilities are endless.”

For more information about the event go here.

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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