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Letter to the Mayor

We all agree on at least these three truths:

1) Austin does not have the infrastructure to support the current needs of all of the various travelers using our limited methods of transportation, such as roadways, highways, tollways, sidewalks (where they exist), bike lanes (where they exist) and surface streets.

2) Austin continues to grow despite already outgrowing our ability to move comfortably and safely around the city.

3) Planned changes to increase mobility are not immediate but the harms caused to our population without these changes are severe, and with infrastructure changes mostly preventable.

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Another tragedy, another call for better streets

June 7, 2016, Alexei Baureis, a 14-year-old was hit and killed on his bicycle at the intersection of Spicewood Springs and Rustic Rock Drive. A large truck hit this child. After noting that the driver was not intoxicated and cooperative KXAN reports that police warn “with summer here, people on bikes should be certain to make sure they have their lights and reflectors in place, there is no mention that lights or reflectors were a factor. There is no warning to motorists to make sure their vehicles are operational, that they are not driving distracted or without lights.

A 14-year-old is dead. Looking at the intersection (see interactive street view below) where he died it is clear, there is no infrastructure for people on bikes. Had the motorist been looking and driving with lights on and seeing what there is to be seen and observing the vulnerable road user ordinance, would this young person still be with us? Had the City provided adequate street lighting and a bicycle lane would this young person still be with us?

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