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 in America (Austin-4, Houston-15, Dallas-21)2; cycling is seen by many as a quicker and easier alternative to dealing with rush hour traffic.

The growing environmentalism movement has also contributed to the rise of cycling in Texas. All around the state, people are doing their best to “go green,” and one of the easiest ways to do so is ride a bike. This, combined with the healthy lifestyle that comes with cycling, has lead to many Texans pulling out their bikes and taking to the roads.

The DriveKind RideKind program was created by Please BE KIND to Cyclists and the Texas Department of Transportation to educate motorists and cyclists about distractions, responsibilities, laws and rights associated with sharing the roads. With help from new public service announcements (due out September 2015) and materials, this program’s goal is to save lives and inspire a meaningful and safe behavioral change.  Alongside their efforts, Austin has recently initiated a Vision-Zero taskforce that aims to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries to zero within the next few years3. These efforts promote education and awareness about sharing the road between all those who use it.

Please, DriveKind RideKind. Help us Save A Life!

 

1 “Ranking.” League of American Bicyclists. N.p., 16 May 2013. Web. 07 July 2015.
2 “Traffic Scorecard – INRIX.” INRIX. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 July 2015.
3 Anderson, Robert. “Vision Zero Task Force.” ImagineAustin. TexasGov, n.d. Web. 03 July 2015.