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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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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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Statistics reveal sentiments of sharing Texas roadways

Nearly 70% of motorists are comfortable sharing the road with people who ride, 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). An estimated 30% of motorists feel frustrated or angry when they see cyclists on roadways1. Cycling is one of the most common forms of transportation, as 18% of Americans who are 16 years or older ride a bike semi-regularly2. Please BE KIND developed DriveKind RideKind in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to educate both, drivers and cyclists, about distractions, responsibilities, laws and rights associated with sharing the road. A ...

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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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