AUSTIN -- Share the road.
That's the message for a new bike safety initiative the Austin Police Department is launching Tuesday.
The goal is to decrease the number of auto-bike accidents on city streets. Police want to also increase motorist and bicyclist's understanding of traffic issues and laws.
The City of Austin recently passed an ordiance that requires vehicles to be three feet back from cyclists on roadways, six feet for commercial vehicles. Under that same ordinance, motorists are required to vacate the lane being used by the "vulnerable road user."
During Tuesday's bike safety launch, APD will also help to promote tolerance between motorists and cyclists. The city has been working with a number of pro-cyclist groups to carry out its initiative.
"Cyclists think we're too tough on them, and not tough enough on drivers," said Austin Police Chief Art Acevdeo in an interview with KVUE in March. "Drivers think we're not tough enough on cyclists. At the police department, we get beat up no matter what we do. The bottom line is responsibility, and everyone needs to share the road."
There was a discussion on the initiative at 10 a.m. Tuesday.