Cyclist killed in Round Rock crash identified



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Posted on December 17, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 4:07 PM

ROUND ROCK -- Police have identified the bicyclist hit and killed on his way to work in Round Rock Tuesday morning.

The accident happened Tuesday around 6:45 a.m. on the service road of southbound Interstate 35 between FM 1431 and Old Settlers Boulevard in Round Rock.

Joseph Holan, 44, of Georgetown was riding his bike when the driver of a Mercury Milan hit him. The driver told police that it was dark and he didn't see Holan as he switched lanes. The only stationary lights on the road are the street lamps in the highway's median.

RRPD said Holan was wearing a reflective vest and a helmet at the time. There were lights on his bicycle, and police are investigating whether or not they were working.

Alcohol and speed are not likely factors in the crash, police said. The speed limit in that area is 55 miles per hour. There is no bike lane or shoulder on the road.

At this time, the driver has not been charged.

Holan is a father of four and a journalism graduate of Texas A&M University. He worked at Control Panels, USA.

He loved cycling so much he started a blog called Advantage Bike. In it, he discussed riding his bike more than 130 miles a week to work. He also talked about lobbying the Texas Department of Transportation for bike lanes along the frontage road, writing they are "extremely dangerous." TxDOT denied that request.

A spokesperson with the Department of Public Safety says it is legal to ride a bicycle along the frontage road of an interstate. Cyclists say it's not always the safest route, and you always have to be on guard.

"The driver can be on the phone, distracted and not really paying attention to what's in front of them," said Al Bastidas, the founder of Be Kind to Cyclists.

Bastidas' group educates cyclists and drivers about sharing the road. The non-profit also raises money to help victims of cycling accidents.

Be Kind to Cyclists is holding a memorial ride for Joseph Holan  Saturday morning at 9 a.m., meeting at the REI store in Round Rock near IKEA.