Bicyclists rallying for city to roll out safety changes

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Drivers on two wheels are calling on the city of Austin to make safety changes to roads.

The group, Bike Austin, is rallying at City Hall, 5 p.m. Tuesday. The bicyclists want city leaders to put a bond package together, which they want ready for the November elections.

Their proposed package would include hundreds of miles of protected bike lanes and sidewalks throughout the city. There is no word on how much this proposal would cost taxpayers.

In February, an 11-year-old boy was biking home from school when he was hit by a car. This crash sparked Bike Austin to push for a designated cyclist area on Mesa Drive days after the child was injured. The boy suffered a concussion and lost two teeth, but his parents said they were lucky it wasn’t worse.

“We can  teach our kids safety, but we as adults have to make sure the infrastructure is in place,” said the boy’s father.

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