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Houston Police Department Plans To Focus On Cycling Safety

The Police Department is working with bicycling advocates to focus on education and public awareness campaigns.

The Houston Police Department is focusing on enforcing a bicycling safety ordinance after less than three dozen citations have been issued since 2015.

The Houston Chronicle reports the 2013 ordinance requires motorists to stay at least 3 feet away from bicyclists and pedestrians. No tickets were written during the first seven months after the law was passed, causing cyclists to criticize the city’s efforts.

Ten citations have been issued this year as of June 30.

The Police Department is working with bicycling advocates to focus on education and public awareness campaigns. The department has partnered with BikeHouston to put up 20 billboards in the city urging bike safety.

Police Chief Art Acevedo says a radar device that can be attached onto bicycles will help police with the enforcement effort.

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