Bicyclist team hit by van in Lakeway


LAKEWAY, Texas (KXAN) — “It could’ve been better, could’ve been a lot worse. At this point I’m just happy everybody is going to go home tonight.”

Their bikes may be mangled, but thankfully the riders are okay after they were hit by a car Friday.

Cyclists injured in crash on RM 620 (KXAN Photo/Sophia Beausoleil)

“Everybody is walking right now, which is always a good sign.”

Adam Mills is a part of Elevate, a professional cycling team out of Texas. He says 8 of his 12 teammates were practicing for a big race on Sunday, when they were hit. Three were injured with non-life threatening injuries and were expected to be out of the hospital Friday.

Police say the driver was heading north in the 1500 block of RM 620 and stopped to turn left into a business driveway. The group of cyclists was heading south, and the two collided when the van turned.

The driver of the van was cited for making an unsafe turn, said the city of Lakeway in a statement Monday, Feb. 29.

Al Bastidas, part of the group Please BE KIND to Cyclists, wants to educate drivers and cyclists on how to share the road. The group is fundraising to add signs to 30 buses in the Austin area. The signs will be up for about two months. He says last year, the signs got eight million views by drivers.

And with more than 100 people moving to Austin every day, and 60,000 people visiting every month, Bastidas says not everyone knows the rules of the road.

“We’ve got people moving into Austin every day, people who are not aware, not used to cyclists sharing the road with traffic, so for them it’s ‘what do I do now?’ Well for starters, give me three feet when you’re going to pass me,” Bastidas says.

He knows what could happen if you don’t. He says a distracted driver put him in a coma in 2002, when he was riding in Austin.

“Driving is not a mindless action, you have to be present in what you’re doing and think about it. That person on the bike is somebody’s dad, somebody’s mother, it’s somebody’s wife,” said Bastidas.

All somebody’s loved one they want to come home in one piece.

Please BE KIND to Cyclists hopes to get signs up on buses by mid-April. If you’re interested in donating to the cause, visit their website.

The group also has educational resources on the rules of the road when it comes to cyclists.

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