AUSTIN (KXAN) — About 20 cyclists are getting on their bikes Friday morning to bring attention to missing and exploited children.
This is the 22nd year rides have been happening across the country, but the first for Austin. Austin police will escort the riders, and drivers will not be allowed to pass them. Traffic will be released as intersections are cleared, police say.
The first leg of the route begins at 8 a.m. at the Capitol and ends at Oak Hill Elementary School on 6101 Patton Ranch Road in southwest Austin.
Riders will spend about 30 minutes with the students before heading to the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company at 1305 W. Oltorf St.
In 2017, there were 464,324 entries for missing children in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center. However, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says since many children aren’t reported missing, it’s hard to know the total number in the United States. Last year NCMEC helped law enforcement and families with more than 27,000 cases of missing children.
The group’s toll-free hotline is 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).