Lamar bike rackby Tom Linehan [Email address: tlinehan #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ]

Last week a cyclist was hit by a car and killed on North Lamar Blvd. It was the fifth cyclist fatalality in Austin since 2009. According to this report on myFoxAustin, the number of bike collisions was up in 2011 to 373 from 318 in 2009. Yesterday, APD Chief Art Acevedo met with members of the cycling community about safety issues. Cyclists want to see stiffer punishment for hit and run drivers. Drivers want cyclists to follow traffic laws. Chief Acevedo stressed the need for cyclists and motorists to share the road.

There is no question there are more cyclists on Austin roads. We see the number of bike riders lining up at the light at Shoal Creek and Allandale Rd. consistently getting longer. Greater awareness of cyclists on the road and a spirit of share the road will contribute to a safer cycling city however making the roads safer for cyclist is also an important part of the equation. The Lamar Safe Routes to School initiative is about encouraging and facilitating more children to get in the habit of riding their bikes or walking to school. It's better for the environment and better for their fitness. This evening, Allandale residents have an opportunity to weigh in on a plan for bike pathways along White Rock, Wynona and White Horse that will make it safer for children riding to school. You can see the what is being proposed here. Please come and contribute to the discussion.

When: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 6:30pm
Where: Lamar Middle School Cafeteria
Hosted by: Lamar Middle School Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Committee