This Saturday, April 19th at 10am, Please BE KIND to Cyclists will be removing the ghost bike placed in honor of Gay Simmons who was struck and killed by a motorist in a tragic hit-and-run accident on April 17, 2006. It was this incident that pushed Al Bastidas to the edge and to plead to drivers to BE KIND. The placement of the ghost bike began a grass roots campaign to increase harmony between drivers and cyclists.
"The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has asked the group, Please Be Kind to Cyclists, to take down ghost bikes that pose as safety hazards to drivers on the road." We will be removing the ghost bike and replacing it with an approved sculpture to honor the incident and continue to remind drivers to share the road.
You can RSVP to the event on Facebook here:
Additional information about the removal of ghost bikes can be found here: http://www.kvue.com/news/TxDOT-orders-removal-of-some-area-Ghost-Bikes-for-safety-255584941.html
It is an unfortunate reality that there are so many cycling related injuries that take place each year. This map created by Bikko.net makes it easy to search through the years and severity to see a history of cycling injuries in Austin. Our mission is to keep this map blank going forward. How do we propose to do this?
RAISE AWARENESS, and encourage harmony and tolerance between drivers and cyclists.
PROMOTE EDUCATION teaching safe road use.
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Sometimes it takes a different perspective for us to take notice of what we're doing and whether or not it makes sense. For most of us, having bike lanes and sharrows is a huge improvement over bike infrastructure of even five years ago but the commentary by this visitor helps us to realize how far we still have to go to make cycling safe AND enjoyable.