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Midland Parents Want More Awareness On Bike Safety

Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - "I would make cars stop at all the stop signs and at the big road, make stop signs for people," said Hunter Williamson, who rides his bike to school.
Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - "I would make cars stop at all the stop signs and at the big road, make stop signs for people," said Hunter Williamson, who rides his bike to school.

Kate Williamson and her son Hunter have been biking to school in Midland every morning this week.

And while most days have been smooth, Williamson says she still braces herself.

Especially after hearing about the tragic accident that happened earlier this week.

A nine-year-old boy lost his life while crossing an intersection on his bike and was hit by a truck.

"I want my son to be able to ride by himself to school but I'm just not sure, the traffic like I've seen it, I'm not sure that day is gonna come," Williamson said.

Williamson says she doesn't feel people in the neighborhood are aware of each other when it comes to drivers and bicyclists.

Just friday morning, Williamson says they had a close call on their way to school.

Hunter fell off his bike and she had to shield him from an on-coming vehicle.

"There was a woman who just swerved around and I,you know, made sure hunter was okay but at the same time sort put myself in front of her car," said Williamson.

Williamson says she not trying to put blame on anyone, she just wants people to be aware of each other.

"I think there's equal responsibility as we try to share the road."

And while she's seen signs for bike paths, she hasn't noticed any bike lanes.

Sara Higgins, public information officer for the the City of Midland says making the Tall City more "bike friendly" is in the works.

"Well, right now we're actually doing a city wide traffic study so, we're looking at all traffic within Midland. And an element of that actually is bicycle traffic and bicycle safety."

Along with a traffic study, Higgins says she agrees with the concerns of these parents and kids. People need to be aware of each other on the road.

"And don't text," said Cal Heidelberg, a friend of Hunter. "..on the phone," Hunter added.

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