WAVE movement encourages bike riders, drivers to get friendly

FILE - Art Acevedo (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Art Acevedo (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – There’s a new movement in Austin and it’s intended to make both bike riders and motorists more aware of each other, and to promote mutual respect between the two groups. Called WAVE.

With more cyclists on the roads and B-Cycles popping up around town, one group is hoping cyclists and drivers can be friendlier to one another. That’s the whole motivation behind the WAVE initiative. Already many city leaders have jumped on board from Mayor pro tem Sheryl Cole, to police Chief Art Acevado, and local musician Ben Kweller. WAVE Co-founder, Adam Butler, says there’s one goal.

“When you wave at someone, there a lot more friendly to you if you’re on a bike, when you pass somebody in a car if they wave at you, it’s just a nice friendly thing to do. It’s about visibility and friendliness being a solution for safety.”

If the idea sounds really simple, that’s because it is. If you’re ever on a bike or spot someone on a bike, just throw them a friendly wave. The cycling community in Austin is growing, since 2010 over 1 million cyclists have visited the Lance Armstrong Bikeway.

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