Responsible motorists and cyclists learn the rules of the road and plan ahead

Envision a world where people who drive or ride a bicycle safely coexist by adopting responsible practices each time they get in their car or on their bike. That is Please BE KIND to Cyclists’ vision for DriveKind RideKind. Everyone sharing our roadways should take personal responsibility for their decisions when operating a vehicle by being aware, being prepared and planning ahead. Motorists and cyclists must realize the importance of educating oneself on the rules of the road, including how much distance to keep between a car and a bike or in which traffic lanes cyclists have the right to ride. Being a responsible motorist involves learning and remembering these rules and applying them every time you are behind the wheel. ...

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No family should have to receive the news of their loved ones being killed in a crash

“How do you tell a 6½ -7-year-old child that her mommy and daddy aren’t coming back anymore?” That question was a tragic reality for the Bruehler family when 6-year-old Kylie’s parents were killed nearly 6 years ago. Gregory and Alexandra Bruehler were triathletes with an affinity for cycling. They were on a road they biked frequently when they were struck by a motorist. Gary and Carol Bruehler, Gregory’s father and step-mother, were at a shopping mall in San Antonio on October 1, 2009 when they got a call from the hospital telling them their son was in a collision with a motor vehicle while biking with his wife. The doctor regretfully informed Gregory’s parents that both Greg and his wife, ...

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Drivers and cyclists can share the road

By learning about the different types of  infrastructures that have been put in place and becoming aware of common types of traffic situations that cyclists face, road users can share the road responsibly. Adding bike lanes, especially to areas with high traffic, is one of the most sweeping changes being made across Texas roadways. These bike lanes are most commonly found on the far right of the road and are reserved for people who ride; they designate the safest place for cyclists to be on the road.  People who drive should also remember the 3 and 6 foot safe passing rule while sharing the roads with people who ride bicycles; because many destinations are still only accessible by roadways without ...

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Cooperating with other roadway users

One of the main reasons for discontent between drivers and cyclists is the general lack of knowledge from both parties as to what cyclists’ rights are when on the road. Oftentimes, a motorist may get frustrated when they see a cyclist do something they think to be illegal. On the other hand, a person who rides a bike may make a decision thinking that they are in the right, only to cause unintentional harm. DriveKind RideKind was jointly developed by Please BE KIND to Cyclists (Please BE KIND) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to promote safe driving practices by motorists as they share Texas roads with vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians. Cyclists must follow the same ...

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Common types of crashes and how to avoid them

Both, people who drive and people who ride, need to be cognizant of those around them while on the roadways to avoid a collision. Though a crash can be dangerous for both parties, people who ride are at a much higher risk of sustaining a serious injury than those who drive. A crash can occur at any time and there are types of collisions that are more common than others. By being made aware of these common types of collisions, it is easier to recognize and avoid them. Drivers and cyclists can both can be responsible for causing collisions and must practice constant vigilance in order to stay safe. For example, a motorist should always keep a safe distance from a ...

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Why do people ride?

Nearly 30% of Texans who drive are either frustrated or angry when they see cyclists on the road, according to a survey conducted by GDC Marketing and Ideation commissioned by non-profit Please BE KIND to Cyclists (Please BE KIND) as part of a traffic safety grant awarded by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).1 The qualitative data further support this as many motorists state that they experience anxiety while driving out of fear that they might injure a cyclist. There are many different types of cycling styles, each of whom may have differing levels of experience and knowledge of the rules and laws they are supposed to follow. These are some of the most common types of people who bike: Neighborhood Riders ...

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Cycling quickly becoming a popular mode of transportation in Texas cities

According to a report from the League of American Bicyclists, Texas is ranked the 30th most bicycle friendly state in the country1. While many of the reasons for this low ranking are still in effect, a variety of factors have lead to an increase in cycling culture in Texas. From a growing desire to decrease our carbon footprint, to simply trying to avoid rush hour traffic, or just to be more fit, cycling is more prevalent in Texas than ever before. One of the main reasons for the increase in cycling culture is people trying to avoid the headaches that come with city traffic. A report by Inrix-Driving Intelligence states Texas has 3 of the top 25 most congested cities ...

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New program promotes safety education for motorists and cyclists

If you were given the chance to Save a Life,wouldn’t you do it? According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 48 bicyclists were killed in crashes involving motor vehicles in Texas in 2013. Texas only fell behind California and Florida when it came to fatal cyclist/motorist collisions that year1. While both cyclists and motorists have the right to use the road, members of both groups share confusion over the other group’s rights. DriveKind RideKind was jointly developed by non-profit organization Please BE KIND to Cyclists (Please BE KIND) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to promote safe driving practices by motorists as they share Texas roads with vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians. Please BE KIND ...

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