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    Austin police are launching a safe bike initiative, which will target both drivers and cyclists in hopes to decrease the number of vehicle-bicycle crashes. It's called the Vulnerable Road Users Ordinance.
    Austin police are launching a safe bike initiative, which will target both drivers and cyclists in hopes to decrease the number of vehicle-bicycle crashes. It's called the Vulnerable Road Users Ordinance.

May is Bike Month and the city of Austin is trying to encourage people to take up cycling.

As the wheels turn and the wind blows through your hair, you are reminded there is nothing quite like hitting the road on a bike.

"It's kind of a different way to see the city," said Cassidy Keeland the fit technician at Bicycle Sport Shop. "Sometimes you wouldn't notice parts of the city moving at that speed."

Part of the reason drivers might notice so many bike riders on the road is because Austin is cycling hub. There are plenty of trails and diverse terrain for every kind of rider. That love for the outdoors has some heading to work on two wheels.

"There's definitely ways around it if you get creative," Keeland said. "You can leave your work clothes there and change when you get to work and kind of freshen up in the restroom."

Biking to work is exactly the type of activity the city of Austin is pushing for during their bike month. However, city officials want both drivers and cyclists to be aware and patient.

"The problem isn't a community of cyclists or drivers," said Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo. "The problem is segments of both communities that do not respect the rules of the road . That's why we have so many fatalities in this city."

Life-long cyclists who spoke to FOX 7 could not agree more with that. They said they have had some bad experiences with drivers. Some have even been hit by cars.

"I actually ride with a whistle now in my mouth all the time because that's the only way to get drivers to hear you with their loud radios and their windows up," said cyclist Eric Snow.

"I understand that the road was built for cars but they have bike lanes now," said cyclist Will Adams. "When drivers overstep that area and breach that area to get around other drivers it's really annoying."

Patience may run dry when you're on the road. However, sometimes putting yourself in others' shoes goes a long way.

"I think everyone is just in a rush some days, and I think that if we all just have the idea that were all humans and we all kind of share the road together we can all kind of co-exist," Keeland said.

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