Mission to join Run, Ride and Share program

The city of Mission is looking at joining the local Run, Ride and Share program to help protect riders and cyclists on the road.

Citing the death of a 50-year-old man by a motorist in Harlingen two weeks ago, McAllen City Commissioner Veronica Vela Whitacre told members of the Mission council the Valley needs to work together to make streets safe. The Run, Ride and Share program is intended to do just that. Vela Whitacre said she’d like to see it gain statewide support.

“What we’d like to do now is try to reduce the number of fatalities and accidents tht take place on our streets,” she said.

20140926 run-ride-and-shareEdinburg has agreed to work with the program, and Vela Whitacre said she plans to address Pharr, Weslaco and Hidalgo next.

McAllen plans to add decals to its sanitation and police vehilces and 15,000 are being printed with help from the Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization. McAllen leaders also committed to placing signs along trails on Bicentennial Road and on Second Street, and Vela Whitacre asked Mission city leaders to consider placing signs at places like the Mission Hike and Bike Trail and Conway Avenue and Inspiration Road.

“Most of you know that riders and cyclists, runners, are usually at the Mission Hike and Bike Trail, and we go all around Shary Road. We go to Inspiration. Most riders don’t just ride 10 miles, they ride 10, 20, 40 even up to 60 miles a day,” Vela Whitacre said. “They need to be aware of the cyclists and runners. The cyclists and runners also need to be aware of the drivers. I’m not blaming this on the runners; I’m not blaming this on the drivers.

“I’m blaming this on the community. Everybody needs to be aware.”

Mission Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas said the city will help. And Mission City Manager Martin Garza said he would get with McAllen to get the logos and dimensions of the signs for local streets.

“Anything we have to do, we’ll do because we’ve actually experienced it with some friends of ours who got run over,” Salinas said.

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