SAPD initiative aims to make streets safer for cyclists

'Safe Passage Ordinance' to include undercover crackdown

Published On: Dec 19 2012 04:48:24 PM CST
Bicyclist safety
SAN ANTONIO -

City and law enforcement officials announced a new vehicle/bicycle initiative Wednesday.
The initiative includes public service announcements and social media campaigns. It also includes a San Antonio Police Department undercover crackdown to remind drivers and cyclists about the rules of the road.
"This will include bicycle officers working in an undercover capacity to enforce traffic laws designed to protect cyclists," said Police Chief William McManus.
"We've seen too many instances of cyclists on the road who have gotten injured or killed because a driver was not paying sufficient attention to what they were doing," said Mayor Julian Castro.
Police will enforcing the "Safe Passage Ordinance", which was enacted last year. The ordinance requires drivers to allow at least a 3-foot safe passage zone for cyclists and a 6-foot clearance for commercial vehicles.
Violation of the ordinance is a class C misdemeanor, which carries a fine of up to $200.
Monica Caban, a former cyclist and Iron Man competitor, said drivers should remember there are greater consequences than fines.
A few months ago, Caban was training for the Iron Man competition when she was hit by an elderly woman, who claimed she never saw her. Caban was left paralyzed from the waist down.
These days, Caban is helping campaign for bike safety.
"It's a matter of paying attention, putting everything down and just understanding that not just cars are out there," she said.

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