Bike Advocate Highlights Rules of Pedestrian, Cyclist Safety

3 years 8 months 1 week ago Monday, November 20 2017 Nov 20, 2017 November 20, 2017 6:22 PM November 20, 2017 in News

EDINBURG - Edinburg police found that a cyclist who was hit by a school bus was at fault.

The accident happened near Joe Ochoa Drive and 107 last month right in front of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Edinburg police said the cyclist failed to properly cross the intersection. Police said the South Texas ISD School had the right of way. A total of seven students were on the bus at the time. The cyclist was hospitalized. Police said she will be cited.

Thousands of UTRGV students use the same intersection every day.

"I don't typically see people walking their bike most of the time they are riding across to campus,” said UTRGV student Jake Wilson.

Wilson uses his bike almost every day to get to campus.

"It sucks it could have been me just as easily,” said Wilson. 

CHANNEL 5 NEWS video captured a student who may not know they are putting their lives at risk. 

The Texas Penal Transportation code states a cyclist must follow the same rules as a car.

"Speed limit, stop light, stop at stop sign and yield to pedestrians,” said Bicyclist advocate Fernando Martinez. 

Martinez provides training for all ages on bike safety. He recommends for the cyclist to walk their bike when at a crosswalk. He said there are exceptions to the rule.

“But you have to go to your local city see what's the ordinance for cyclists,” said Martinez.

Wilson said he will walk his bike.

"I say if up at that crosswalk where that girl was hit if it's going to be a problem. They should probably be some signs posted. Just walk your bike,” said Wilson. 

We reached out to the University. UTRGV Police Chief Raul Munguia sent this statement:

“Bicycle safety training for students is not offered at UTRGV, however, we will be reaching out to our student population to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety.  Our marketing department is exploring the possibility of creating posters on the topic of pedestrian safety as well as safety pamphlets being inserted into the parking permit package at the time of purchase.  We are also looking into environmental design improvements at crosswalks that would encourage pedestrians to look both ways before crossing a street.”

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