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Cyclists Talk About The Dangers Of Riding On Houston Streets

Riders are sharing their experiences as Houston works to update its bike plan.

 

Cyclist John Andrew Williams says he felt confident riding around Houston, until one night two years ago when he was rear-ended by a truck. The accident left him with head and spinal injuries.

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As for the driver who hit him, Williams said he didn’t get cited until three months later.

“The fact that I was on a bike and the guy could just say, ‘Well, I didn’t see him.’ I felt like that’s a get out of jail free card,” Williams said.

Houston City Council approved a Safe Passing Ordinance in 2013, but Bike Houston’s Regina Garcia says cyclists remain apprehensive, considering there were four bikes fatalities during a recent three-week period.

Appearing on Houston Matters, Garcia says the city’s aging infrastructure is also a problem.

“You know if there are a lot of potholes and gravel, that can kind of throw you off balance,” said Garcia. “And just the aggressive driving more than anything. I think its what kind of gets under your skin and puts the fear into you.”

Garcia says Houston has a good bike trail system that can get riders lots of places. But there are other areas you simply can’t get to on a bike, like the Galleria.

The city says it’s addressing those issues as it works to update Houston’s Comprehensive Bikeway Plan, which was first adopted in 1993.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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