Beginning in December through September 2018, Bike Austin Education Fund will be offering Austin Safe Cycling Education and Encouragement Project classes to the public through a partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation. This project aims to educate motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians on traffic laws pertaining to bicyclists and pedestrians and encourage more people to ride bicycles and walk safely. Two of these classes throughout the year will be conducted in Spanish.
It is the objective of the project to reduce the number of motor vehicle-related pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities by increasing public information and education on motorists’ responsibilities pertaining to pedestrian and bicyclist safety and public information and education efforts on pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
Austin is home to a substantial and growing proportion of Texas bicyclists. According to the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, only 0.2% of Texas residents bicycled to work in 2015. This proportion was over six times higher in Austin, at 1.3%, representing approximately 6,800 bicycle commuters.
In 2015, Austin was home to just 4% of the state's workers, yet 27% of its bicycle commuters. Although the overall proportion of commuters who bike to work has increased only moderately in the past decade (from 1.1% in 2005-2009 to 1.3% from 2011-2015), the overall number of bicycle commuters in Austin has increased by 62% due to the substantial growth in Austin's population during this time period. To increase safety and reduce injury for Texas bicyclists, increasing safety for Austin bicyclists is critical.
A substantial number of bicycle injuries are sustained each year by Austin area bicyclists. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 1533 bicyclists were involved in collisions with motor vehicles on Travis County roadways in the five-year period from 2010-2014, or about 300 per year, with a low of 245 in 2010 to a high of 348 in 2011.
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