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WATCH: On Bike To Work Day, Houston Officials Ask Everyone To Share The Road

People on bikes “are part of the street grid,” says Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

It was time for some camaraderie as a few hundred cyclists cruised in front of City Hall after a bike ride around downtown Houston.

In that group was Houston Public Works supervisor Felix Lugo. Dressed in a colorful pirate-themed jersey, Lugo told us how he rides to work from his home in northwest Houston.

He says he enjoys his commute but there are those moments when drivers come just a little too close.

"Even though we're in a bike lane, which is about a foot and a half to two feet wide, we still need three feet to get by," says Lugo. "If everybody could just understand that I think we'd be a little bit better off."

And that's a big concern for Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. His department is now conducting sting operations to go after drivers who violate the city's Safe Passing ordinance.

"So the next time you go try to buzz by somebody and try to scare them, try to come by within inches, that person may end up being an undercover police officer," says Acevedo. "And you will be cited. In some cases you may be charged criminally for assault with a deadly weapon."

But Acevedo says it's not just drivers at fault, adding there are cyclists who also engage in risky behavior. He says it's everyone's responsibility to keep the streets safe.

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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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