Are Houston’s streets safe for cyclists?

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HOUSTON, TX – A 25-year-old cyclist was taken by life-flight to Memorial Herman Tuesday night after being struck on FM 1960.  The victim is expected to recover, but the driver didn’t even stop. Witnesses called 911, and provided Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies with a license plate number.

Hoang Xuan Nguyen is now charged with failure to stop and render aid. Just last month, Margaret Mayer was charged for the December hit and run that led to the death of 24-year-old Chelsea Norman.

Repeated hit and run crimes against cyclists begs the question, is Houston a safe city to ride your bike? Many cyclists avoid our city’s streets, saying even bike lanes aren’t always safe.

Well for cyclists not quite ready to share the street, Mayor Annise Parker introduced the Sunday Streets Houston program today, where at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of the next three months White Oak, Westheimer and Washington Market Square, are going to be open to bicycles and pedestrians only.

But as for cyclists commuting in Houston, the consensus is additional bike lanes and more education for drivers and cyclists will help the two share the road.