Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 17, 2013
In case you hadn’t noticed, bicyclists and motorists don’t always get along.
An Austin non-profit organization wants to change that. Please Be Kind to Cyclists (you’ve probably seen their yellow and black bumper stickers), works to help motorists and bicyclists safely coexist on area roads. It also provides support for cyclists injuried in crashes involving motorists.
The group’s biggest fund-raiser of the year, the 2013 Social Soiree, is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at a private home overlooking downtown Austin.
Tito’s, Juiceland and NXNW will provide drinks and El Meson will provide food. Tres Hombres will perform.
A couple of years ago I walked away from the fund-raiser with a turquoise blue beach cruiser from the silent auction. Now, whenever I roll through my neighborhood on that cushy bike, I think about the group’s work.
Alvaro Bastidas started the organization after he was struck by a car and seriously injured while pedaling to an Austin Tri-Cylists group ride in 2002.
Tickets to Friday’s party are $75 per person, $145 per couple or $450 for a group of eight. For tickets or more information, go to www.bekindtocyclists.org.