AUSTIN (KXAN) - In the wake of a deadly crash that killed an Austin man riding his bicycle, police said statistics show most bicycle-versus-car crashes are the fault of the driver, not the cyclist.
So far in 2012, 21 percent of crashes between cyclists and cars have been the fault of the cyclist.
"Many people who probably think the other way around. But in fact, most bicyclists do obey the law," said Robin Stallings, executive director of Bike Texas . "They do try to watch for traffic and watch for signals, but we've all seen the cyclists that behave badly."
In many areas of town, cyclists are not permitted to ride on sidewalks and are forced to share the road with cars.
"We want everybody to be safe," said APD Senior Officer Veneza Bremner. "A lot of the things that we do see are bicyclists that are running red lights, running stop signs. I've seen some near-misses, you know, where it's so close. The car is going to win. The bicyclist is not going to win."
Stallings said the City of Austin is working to keep cyclists and drivers safe with "complete streets" projects where bike lanes are completely separated from the road where vehicles travel.
"We're encouraged that the city will have many more and eventually every road that would have faster traffic should eventually have these," said Stallings.
The Austin City Council also passed the Safe Passing Ordinance requiring drivers to allow three feet of space between their vehicle and a cyclist. Bike Texas is working to get that passed as a statewide law in the next legislative session.
Every year in Texas, 50 bicyclists are killed.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police are looking for a missing woman.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.