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Free cycling classes offered to reduce crashes, deaths on Austin roads

Free cycling classes offered to reduce crashes, deaths on Austin roads


JACQUI:AS MORE BICYCLISTS VENTURE OUT ONTO AUSTIN’S HEAVILY TRAVELED STREETS — BIKE SAFETY IS BECOMING MUCH MORE THAN JUST USING REFELCTORS AND LIGHTS AT NIGHT. NOW–THERE’S AN ENTIRE CLASS GEARED TOWARD REDUCING THE ROUGHLY 300 CRASHES A YEAR BETWEEN CARS AND BIKES.THOSE WHO WILL BE TEACHING IT SHOW KXAN’S ALICIA INNS HOW THEY’LL HELP CYCLISTS RIDE SMARTER AND SAFER. ALICIA: BIKE RIDERS HAVE HEARD IT ALL FROM DRIVERS BEFORE.PRESTON TYREE, VOLUNTEER BIKE AUSTIN SAYS: “CYCLISTS RUN RED LIGHTS, CYCLISTS RUN STOP SIGNS..” ALICIA: EVEN A CYCLIST ADMITS — IT HAPPENS.TYREE SAYS: “I’VE GOT GREAT VIDEO OF CYCLISTS JUST BLOWING THROUGH STOP SIGNS”ALICIA: BUT IT’S NOT A MATTER OF WHO IS WORSE ON THE ROADS..TYREE SAYS: “THE DISCUSSION IS HOW DO WE DO IT RIGHT, HOW DO WE ALL DO IT RIGHT?”ALICIA: AND FOR THOSE WHO PREFER TWO PEDALS OVER FOUR WHEELS — IT’S ABOUT KNOWING WHAT IS RIGHT ON THE ROAD..TYREE SAYS: “WOW, I GOTTA STOP AT STOP SIGNS? YEAH YOU HAVE TO STOP AT STOP SIGNS” TYREE SAYS: “GET RID OF THE MYTHS, GET RID OF ALL THE BAD KNOWLEDGE AND GET THE RULES OUT THERE AND EXPLAIN WHY THEY WORK”ALICIA: THOSE ARE THE GOALS FOR BIKE AUSTIN AND TXDOT’S NEW CYCLE SAFETY CLASS–TYREE SAYS: “IT COVERS EQUIPMENT, IT COVERS CLOTHING, IT COVERS WHY DO YOU WANT TO COMMUTE, IT COVERS WHAT ARE THE RULES”ALICIA: BECAUSE THOSE WHO DON’T FOLLOW THE RULES — SGT. DAVID DANIELS, AUSTIN POLICE SAYS: “PERSONALLY I’VE ISSUED BICYCLISTS CITATIONS, AGAIN IT’S JUST LIKE SOMEONE DRIVING A CAR”ALICIA: RIDERS WILL BE TAUGHT TO THINK LIKE THOSE BEHIND THE WHEEL — TYREE SAYS: “WE SAY CYCLISTS FARE BEST WHEN THEY ACT AND ARE TREATED AS DRIVERS OF VEHICLES” ALICIA: BECAUSE WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT , SAFETY IS A TWO- WAY STREETTYREE SAYS: “ALICIA, WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER” ALICIA INNS KXAN NEWSJACQUI: THE SAFTEY CLASSES WILL RUN FROM DECEMBER THROUGH NEXT SEPTEMBER.AFTER TWO-HOURS OF CLASS INSTRUCTION– YOU’LL HOP ON YOUR BIKE FOR A 2-MILE GUIDED LOOP THROUGH DOWNTOWN AUSTIN TRAFFIC.. TO PRACTICE TURNS AND SUDDEN STOPS.IF YOU’D LIKE TO SIGN UP- WE’VE POSTED THE INFORMATION FOR YOU AT KXAN-DOT-COM.JACQUI:THERE ARE LAWS IN PLACE TO HELP KEEP CYCLISTS SAFE ON AUSTIN ROADS. DRIVERS MUST STAY AT LEAST THREE FEET AWAY FROM BIKES WHEN PASSING THEM.TRUCKS HAVE TO BE EVEN FURTHER- STAYING AT

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