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San Antonio Roads Aren't Safe For Cyclists

Joey Palacios/Texas Public Radio

Cyclists are considered vehicle operators and are held to the same standards as motorists, but are significantly more vulnerable on the road. What needs to happen to ensure both cyclists and drivers feel safe sharing San Antonio streets?

The Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's advisory committee on bicycle mobility found that 29 people were killed or seriously injured while riding a bike in 2018. There has been a rise in fatalities compared to the previous year in 2017, according to the Alamo Area MPO and Vision Zero San Antonio.

There have already been at least two prominent cyclist fatalities in just the first few months of 2019 – Tito Bradshaw, 35, and Dr.Naji Kayruz, 58 – both of which involved a drunk driver.

How have the biking community, residents and city officials responded to these recent incidents? Is there enough momentum to finally move the needle on bike safety?  What infrastructure is now in place to accommodate cyclists and other pedestrians? Where do we need more bike lanes, paths and trails in San Antonio? What other changes could improve current conditions?Are you part of the cycling community? What are your thoughts on and recommendations for improving safety and efficiency on our roadways?  Click here to take the ConnectSAsurvey on mobility priorities in San Antonio.


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This interview aired on Thursday, May 2, 2019 

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