AUSTIN (KXAN) - There are new efforts to improve safety for residents of Austin.
Councilman and Capital Metro Board member Mike Martinez announced Wednesday morning he is planning to submit a resolution before the CapMetro board asking to create a task force of community members to provide feedback on ways to improve safety.
"The point of this task force is all hands are on deck," said Martinez. "We need to roll up our sleeves and look at all the concerns and determine the best action moving forward."
This idea for this was started after a cyclist was killed on Loop 360 on Saturday.
Verter Ginestra, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene near the intersection of Loop 360 and Westbank Drive after an 85-year-old driver allegedly hit and killed him. That driver has not been charged in the incident.
Because the population in Austin is growing, Martinez said he feels there needs to be more public awareness about safety.
"It's about safety being paramount, no matter what type of mode of transportation you're using," said Martinez.
Martinez was quick to point out that the safety issues are not to be focused squarely on CapMetro but rather all aspects of transportation -- from walking to biking and driving a car.
This task force would provide a checks-and-balances for what's already being implemented.
"Our Public Safety Department works on safety every day to ensure safety," said Martinez. "For us, the issue is when you have multiple fatalities. We just need to ensure we are doing the best we can. This task force will simply look over what is being done and make any recommendations for improvements moving forward."
The task force could also make recommendations to City Council.
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