Cyclists to pedal for safer roads


by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on November 29, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 29 at 9:00 AM

AUSTIN -- Hundreds of cyclists will ride together for the Pedaling for Safer Roads rally.

Thursday's event in downtown Austin marks the city's second ride of its kind this year. In May several hundred cyclists road out from Austin City Hall to the State Capitol. The group will make the same journey Thursday evening.

Their ride is aimed at drawing attention for safer roads. Many of the cyclists who attended the ride in May knew first-hand of the dangers. Some had been hit in accidents with drivers. At the time Austin police had already responded to 100 crashes involving bicycles and vehicles just since the start of the year. Cyclists died in three of those crashes.

There have been even more accidents since then.

“[I] just want Austin to be as safe as it says it is,” said one rider. “I want to see less accidents. I want to see more people riding for our health and for our safety.”

Together the group is seeking tougher laws to prosecute drivers who hurt cyclists. According to the event page on Facebook, nearly 900 people have RSVP’d to attend Thursday’s ride - including Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.

The ride begins at 6 p.m. at Austin City Hall and is scheduled to end at the State Capitol at 7 p.m.

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