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San Antonio Roads Aren't Safe For Cyclists

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THURSDAY at noon on "The Source" — 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?

Carson Frame / Texas Public Radio

Local veteran Andrew Sims began cycling 22 miles in 22 days on Veterans Day to bring awareness to the fact that 22 veterans commit suicide every day.

Bicycles are a type of vehicle so they belong on the road, right?

This is how the wheels turn in places such as New York City and San Francisco, where bicyclists older than age 13 are banned from riding on the sidewalk. Similar laws exist in many cities and towns throughout the country, such as Columbus, Ohio, and Chapel Hill, N.C.

That's not the case everywhere, though. In Boston and Washington, D.C., sidewalk cycling is allowed — with the exception of the downtown areas. But just because bicyclists are allowed to ride on the sidewalk doesn't mean they are welcome there.

Eileen Pace / TPR News

More and more people are starting to ride bicycles in San Antonio and are riding greater distances.

For the past six months, San Antonio has been engaged in a big transportation planning effort, dubbed “SA Tomorrow.” Part of that includes routes for bicycling.

According to the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, there are a least 325,000 area residents who ride bicycles at least once a month. It’s also estimated that eleven percent of riders bike to work or school.

Chris Stokes

Maybe you’ve seen them downtown—dozens of bicyclists, riding together. It’s called the Tuesday Night Bike Club.

"It started off as a small group of people who liked biking downtown. And it kind of grew and grew.  And on any given ride we might get a 100 to 180 riders," said organizer Jeff Moore.

If 180 riders sounds chaotic, Moore says they have a fix for that.