Cycle rally promotes safety after deadly year

TxDOT asking drivers to keep watch for motorcycle riders


Last year nearly 500 people died in Texas motorcycle crashes, and San Antonio ranked as the deadliest city in the state.

Now the Texas is trying to lessen the cycle death toll.

Saturday TxDOT held a motorcycle rally to promote safety and ask drivers to keep a close watch for cycle riders.

The rally riders rolled past the Alamo carrying flags urging drivers to "Look Twice" for motorcycles.

Though some local cycle fatalities have happened when riders sped or lost control of their bikes, other crashes have involved a motorcycle and an automobile.

TxDOT says last year more than 4,300 cycle wrecks involved at least one other vehicle.

And about a third of the deadly crashes happened at intersections.

The state highway department is asking drivers to be especially careful at intersections where cars and motorcycles can meet.

At Saturday's rally members of the Texas Patriot Guard Riders carried TxDOT cycle safety banners on back of their motorcycles.

The Patriot Guard usually flies American flags and rides at funeral processions for fallen servicemen, police and emergency workers.

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