Cyclists push for change after fatal MLK Blvd crash

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A cyclist was killed in a car collision in the 1300 block of East Martin Luther King Boulevard Thursday night and now cyclists say bike changes need to come to the city.

APD says Austin resident Jessica Saathoff, 28, was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center, however, she was pronounced dead at 9:29 p.m. Austin police say she was traveling westbound on MLK when she was hit. Saathoff was not wearing a helmet. 

This comes just two months after another cyclist was killed less than a mile away on the UT Campus.

Cyclists push for change 

I myself will not cycle down the road on MLK, said Cristina Vincent, an avid cyclist who lives in Austin. She says there are sections in the Austin infrastructure which don’t feel safe to cyclists.

Congress. South First. Pleasant Valley. Some of the main arteries in town and the central core of Austin still need work to have protected bike lanes, Vincent said.

The city’s transportation department has told KXAN in the past that advancing Austin’s biking network to improve safety is high on the priority list. And Austin’s Vision Zero goal is to eliminate all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025.

The city of Austin has a comprehensive list of safety programs, initiatives and capital projects to help cyclists in the city. The goal of the city’s bike plan is to not only create safe spaces for riders, but to encourage people to bike to get around.

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