In May, the City voted to pass a $596 million bond program. Proposition One of the bond program includes projects meant to further the “Complete Streets” initiative.
Complete streets, according to a 2011 Council Resolution, “are roadways that enable safe and convenient access for all users.” Over the next five years, workers will add miles of bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly improvements, including better lighting, landscaping, and sidewalks. The goal of Complete Streets is to make San Antonio healthier and encourage alternative modes of transportation.
In the meantime, residents can do their part to make San Antonio a safer place for pedestrians and cyclists. The tips below can help save lives and make residents more aware of all road users.
How to Share the Road
As a Driver: Drivers need to be aware of their surroundings, and especially aware of more vulnerable travelers like cyclists and pedestrians. It is much easier to avoid accidents if drivers know what’s going on around them.
As a Cyclist: Cyclists need to obey all traffic laws as would any other vehicle. Plan routes that most utilize bike lanes. Cyclists need to signal their intentions to vehicles through hand signals.
For more information on bike safety and ordinances, visit the SA Bikes website.
Photo: A future Cesar Chavez Blvd., as envisioned with all the attributes of a true “complete street” (Rendering courtesy of MIG, HemisFair Park Complete Streets presentation)