AUSTIN, Texas – Downtown Austin was filled with close to 1,200 cyclists Thursday night. The cyclists rode from Austin City Hall on Cesar Chavez to Congress Avenue heading to the Texas State Capitol with a message.
“What do we want?” chanted a cyclist in crowd. “Safer roads!” replied dozens of others on their bicycles as they headed toward the Capitol in a ride to promote road safety in Austin.
The ride, sponsored by a group called “Please be kind to Cyclists” was one of two events in Austin Thursday evening galvanizing the cycling community.
“People are frustrated. People feel like this is enough. This is enough”, said Al Bastidas with Please be kind to Cyclists.
Across town at an East Austin club called Elysium another event, this one called “It could happen to me, it could happen to you: A Benefit for Brian Lindquist “ kicked off at 8 p.m. featuring a long list of bands playing.
Lindquist was riding his bicycle on his way to work in October when a driver hit him, dragged his bike and left the scene. Don Truett Jones was later charged with failure to stop and render aid and intoxication manslaughter.
“We can do a lot more damage than a cyclist can so it's kind of our responsibility as drivers to be extra, extra aware. It's easy to get distracted”, said Mahesh Brown, an Austin driver.
Anyone wishing to help Lindquist with his mounting medical bills can donate to his paypay account. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org Or you can send checks to Brian Lindquist in care of Shefman Law Group 1002 West Ave Suite 301, Austin, TX 78701