AUSTIN, Texas — AUSTin police are warning people to be cautious about the way they ride their bikes.
Police are advising drivers to stay at least 1,000 feet from people riding their bikes on streets, sidewalks and bridges in Austin and surrounding areas after the city’s Board of Supervisors voted Thursday to require a helmet law.
The new rules are part of a larger campaign to make bike lanes safer.
They are part and parcel of the City of Austin’s Vision Zero strategy.
The bike lanes are expected to be operational this summer, but it will take time to get the bike lanes fully installed, according to Austin Mayor Steve Adler.
The city is still working on making sure the bikeways are safe.
In the meantime, the city says it will require riders to wear a helmet.
The Austin Police Department says the new rule requires riders to ride helmets with a visor, and not only on the front.
The city also says the helmet law will not apply to people riding a bike on sidewalks or sidewalks and protected bike lanes.