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Third Annual Please Be Kind to Cyclists Ride

February 25, 2010

Please Be Kind to Cyclists is an organization dedicated to increasing the harmony between automotive and bicycle traffic on Central Texas roadways. Their vision is to influence the behaviors and attitudes of both car drivers and bicycle riders in a manner that induces positive changes in the way both groups view one another.

The organization was founded by Austinite Alvaro Bastidas after a brush with death in 2002, when he was struck by a car. For 11 days, Al fought for his life in Intensive Care.During the 11 days in ICU Al started responding, taking in food that was spoon fed by his mother, and stood up with a walker. The damage to the brain was serious however. He lost his memory, his voice, his balance – he was starting over. He moved to a regular hospital room and then finally moved on to Health South rehab where he underwent intensive therapy to start to remember things, speech therapy to get his voice back and physical therapy for his legs and hand. Reestablishing his balance has been a big reminder of the things we take for granted.

It’s amazing how when a tragedy like this happens how people come together. In our hearts we all have this love. We just cover it up so much with our daily stuff. What I found out is people are full of love… –Alvaro Bastidas

A three time finisher of the Motorola Marathon and regular participant of several local triathlons, Al found how caring the triathlon community can be. He received over 200 cards and over $4000 in financial support from neighbors and fellow triathletes to get him through the Christmas season when the company he was working for as an engineer faced financial hardships and was no longer able to provide him with an income. His masters swim team, Austin Aquatics, raised a total of $1400 for the Bastidas family and provided Alvaro with a free membership for 2003. When it was discovered that the driver of the vehicle had only the minimum liability insurance of $20,000, which barely covered even a week of medical expenses, the neighborhood association set up a medical fund at the Bank of America. While Al continues his recovery and the medical bills accumulate, he is thankful he now is at least able to receive a portion of his salary through his long term disability insurance.

Join us Saturday, March 13th for the Third Annual Please Be Kind to Cyclists Ride. This ride is in celebration of Please BE KIND to Cyclists Day, as proclaimed by Mayor Will Winn in 2008. While donations will be gladly accepted, admission is FREE! 8am Start time at Pure Austin- 907 W. 5th Street. 20 mile, 40 mile and family routes. Live music, breakfast tacos, coffee and drinks for everyone, Please BE KIND to Cyclists t-shirts, plus lots of giveaway prizes, including a free 1-year Pure Austin Membership. For more information or to make a donation, visit PleaseBeKindtoCyclists.com

Check out more Austin Cycling Events at BicycleSportShop.com/for/events/

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. MCL permalink
    March 2, 2010 12:42 am

    A group of us would like to do the ‘please be kind to cyclists’ ride but can’t seem to find any info on the route or whether there’s medical support, rest stops, etc. Does someone know?

  2. leslie luciano permalink
    March 2, 2010 4:00 pm

    Thank you for your interest in the Ride for this great cause. The maps are in the development process but the route will generally head South towards Buda. Maps will be provided at race start.

    There is a 20 and 40 mile option, with rest stops approx. 10-15 miles apart.

    Al, the director is nailing down final confirmation on all logistics, including medical support and rest stops.

    Please let us know if you have any additional questions we can help you with. You can contact al directly at: abtexas@gmail.com

  3. leslie luciano permalink
    March 2, 2010 4:03 pm

    This is the routes for the Be Kind To Cyclists Ride that were just forwarded to me. Please note these are subject to change. Again, you will receive a finalized route map at the start of the ride.

    20 Mile Route

    1. START = Pure Austin Town Lake (1st Floor Parking Lot)
    2. Bowie to 6th Street, turn LEFT
    3. 6th Street to Lamar, turn LEFT
    4. Lamar to Barton Springs, turn LEFT
    5. Barton Springs to Dawson, turn RIGHT
    6. Dawson becomes South 5th Street
    7. South 5th Street to Cardinal Lane, turn RIGHT
    8. Cardinal Lane to Garden Villa, turn LEFT
    9. Garden Villa to Bannister, turn RIGHT
    10. Bannister to Redd, turn LEFT
    11. Redd to Mt. Vernon, turn LEFT
    12. Mt. Vernon to St. Elmo, turn RIGHT
    13. St. Elmo to Vinson, turn RIGHT
    14. Vinson becomes Emerald Forest
    15. Emerald Forest to Armadillo, turn LEFT
    16. Armadillo to Cooper, turn RIGHT
    17. Cooper to Ditmar, turn LEFT
    18. Ditmar to Soth 1st, turn RIGHT
    19. REST STOP = Shell Station on 1st & Slaughter is halfway point for 20 mile route
    20. LEFT on South 1st Street to Mary, turn LEFT
    21. Mary to South 5th Street, turn RIGHT
    22. South 5th Street becomes Dawson
    23. Dawson to Barton Springs, turn LEFT
    24. Barton Springs to Lamar, turn RIGHT
    25. Lamar to 5th Street, turn RIGHT
    26. FINISH = Pure Austin Town Lake

    40 Mile Route

    1. START = Pure Austin Town Lake (1st Floor Parking Lot)
    2. Bowie to 6th Street, turn LEFT
    3. 6th Street to Lamar, turn LEFT
    4. Lamar to Barton Springs, turn LEFT
    5. Barton Springs to Dawson, turn RIGHT
    6. Dawson becomes South 5th Street
    7. South 5th Street to Cardinal Lane, turn RIGHT
    8. Cardinal Lane to Garden Villa, turn LEFT
    9. Garden Villa to Bannister, turn RIGHT
    10. Bannister to Redd, turn LEFT
    11. Redd to Mt. Vernon, turn LEFT
    12. Mt. Vernon to St. Elmo, turn RIGHT
    13. St. Elmo to Vinson, turn RIGHT
    14. Vinson becomes Emerald Forest
    15. Emerald Forest to Armadillo, turn LEFT
    16. Armadillo to Cooper, turn RIGHT
    17. Cooper to Ditmar, turn LEFT
    18. Ditmar to Soth 1st, turn RIGHT
    19. REST STOP = Shell Station on 1st & Slaughter is halfway point for 20 mile Route
    20. LEFT on Slaughter Lane to end
    21. RIGHT turn at “T”, onto Tueday Nighter Course
    22. Follow around and go past the sharp right curve
    23. Follow to end and “T” into wide County road
    24. RIGHT turn to intersection with Creedmor Convenience Store
    25. REST STOP = Convenience Store is halfway point of 40 mile route
    26. RIGHT turn at intersection
    27. Follow to end and cross over IH-35
    28. Follow to “T” and turn RIGHT at Old San Antonio Road
    29. Follow to back lot of Bowie High-School, turn LEFT
    30. Go through to front of school; turn RIGHT on South 1st Street (?)
    31. Follow South 1st Street across Slaughter
    32. South 1st Street to Mary, turn LEFT
    33. Mary to South 5th Street, turn RIGHT
    34. South 5th Street becomes Dawson
    35. Dawson to Barton Springs, turn LEFT
    36. Barton Springs to Lamar, turn RIGHT
    37. Lamar to 5th Street, turn RIGHT
    38. FINISH = Pure Austin Town Lake

  4. Gabby permalink
    March 11, 2010 11:17 pm

    I’m glad we’re raising awareness about this issue. A very kind person I knew was struck by a car and unfortunately died. If we’re able to convince at least one driver, well thats at least one less we’ll have to worry about.

  5. Ray Spinhirne permalink
    March 11, 2010 11:19 pm

    I think it Akins High School not Bowie

  6. michael cosper permalink
    March 12, 2010 11:32 pm

    Stassney is going to be closed to traffic all weekend due to maintenance on the RR crossing so Emerald Forrest and Vinson and Redd will have a ton of traffic they do not usually have, heads up.

    Michael Cosper

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