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Beneficiary

Proceeds from this ride go to the support of Please BE KIND to Cyclists.

Our Mission

Please BE KIND to Cyclists is a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness and increasing the harmony and tolerance between drivers and cyclists.

Our mission is to promote safe cycling for all and to contribute to a global social change by making stronger and healthier communities and providing resources to all: communities, drivers and cyclist; so they can educate themselves and learn to coexist and share the road safely and with respect.

Our Story

Austinite Alvaro Bastidas believes it's a beautiful world out there. "I've met so many people through this experience and I've learned how beautiful people are," says the 39 year old after his brush with death changed his world on September 14, 2002.

Things didn't look so beautiful on that day. While cycling on his way to the popular Austin Tri-Cyclist Saturday morning ride, Al's life was changed in an instant when a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction made a left hand turn in front of him. Without time to react, he struck the side of the vehicle with his head, catapulted on top of the roof and then flew 10 feet in the air to finally topple to the asphalt. Al was rushed to the hospital and immediately underwent brain surgery to place tubes in his head to drain fluids around the brain. His head swelled up twice its normal size. While Al remained in a coma for two days, doctors gave him a 50 percent chance to live. His three sisters and mother flew from Florida that day to be at his side. With tubes coming from his mouth, nose, veins, and packed in a bed of ice to keep his 105 degree temperature regulated, Al was a far cry from the fit triathlete who had completed several local triathlons since he started the sport three years ago.

"It's amazing how when a tragedy like this happens how people come together. In our hearts we all have this love. We just cover it up so much with our daily stuff. What I found out is people are full of love," says the father of two daughters ages two and six. "Everyday when I wake up I have a smile on my face because I know people love me so much. I could have died."

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Get Involved

Please BE KIND to Cyclists is looking for volunteers to help us spread safety awareness. Below are a few easy ways that you can get involved.

  • Purchase a bumper sticker, t-shirt or jersey and display it proudly.
  • Adopt a Sign - Volunteer to place signs in locations that are dangerous for cyclists. You will be assigned a spot and it is your job to replace the sign if it is lost or stolen.
  • Stay updated - Follow Please BE KIND to Cyclists on Twitter, Facebook, Blog.
  • Business Owners - Make a donation by purchasing a stack of bumper stickers and distributing to clients and friends.
  • Spread the Word - Tell your friends!

We are also seeking dedicated and committed individuals to help with fundraising, public relations, research, marketing, events and community outreach. Please contact Al Bastidas directly at al@bekindtocyclists.com.

Contact

Please BE KIND To Cyclists
P.O. Box 684753
Austin, TX 78768-4793

Email: Al Bastidas

Please feel free to email any comments or questions. We would love to hear from you.