Was out on HWY 181 this afternoon and the wind picked up quite a bit. I think, when I finally got home, it was about 20 miles sustained, and up to 30 in gusts. Quite hard riding when it was in my face, especially the uphill passages – even if they’re not more than 5% hereabouts.
But … it was fun. And I need to get back into my old shape after too long a winter’s pause. Did a tad over 14 miles and was happy about it.
It’s hard to believe, that, according to Texas State Law, a driver who runs a bicylist over and (severely) injures or even kills him/her will not even be given a ticket – let alone be prosecuted – unless an officer witnessed the incident. Prosecutors will only bring more serious charges if there is strong evidence of criminal behaviour, e.g. recklessness, drunkenness or leaving the scene.
cf. San Antonio Express-News, Sunday, January 23, 2010, p. 1A ff.
“San Antonio took a step toward making its roads safer for bicyclists and pedestrians when a City Council committee voted unanimously Wednesday to send a “safe passing” ordinance to the full council for a vote next month.
The ordinance mirrors legislation — passed overwhelmingly last year by the Texas House and Senate — that requires drivers to change lanes to avoid “vulnerable road users” when possible, or give them three feet of clearance when passing.
Gov. Rick Perry vetoed the bill, stunning bike advocates and other members of a coalition that had worked for years to get bipartisan support for the measure.
Since the veto, a handful of municipalities, including Austin and Helotes, have put ordinances on their books identical to the state version.
With Wednesday’s decision, San Antonio’s council could consider the safe-passing ordinance as early as Feb. 4. Despite concerns raised by the Police Department, council members on Wednesday also backed the measure passed by state lawmakers.”
to read more, click here: San Antonio Express-News
So, they’re finally getting around to do something there. But I really doubt if 3 feet are enough. Education, on both sides, drivers and bicyclists, is what matters most. Just look at the many irresponsible and even hateful comments.
But my own experience of riding my bicycle on the highways and country roads in Karnes County is that all but a very few drivers are absolutely considerate and give me a wide berth whenever possible: thanks to all of them!
Btw, this is not a Texan and not even an American problem. It’s basically the same in Germany, too.
Came upon this blog full of interesting and up-to-date Texas bicycling news today: really to be recommended.
Filed under bicycling, Texas
… to write about yet. I must admit, I have been quite lazy lately, always finding excuses for not getting on my bike. Well, actually for a few days it was too cold. But for the last few days the weather has improved and I should really have been riding my bike.
What I did, though, was to add content to the website for the 3rd Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour on March 27, and also editing and uploading my personal websites and blogs.