NEWS | May 7, 2021

Feedback Fridays

By Brig. Gen. Caroline M. Miller 502d Air Base Wing Commander

Feedback Fridays is a weekly forum that aims to connect the 502d Air Base Wing with members of the Joint Base San Antonio community. Questions are collected during commander’s calls, town hall meetings and throughout the week.

If you have a question or concern, please send an email to jbsapublicaffairs@gmail.com using the subject line “Feedback Fridays.” Questions will be further researched and published as information becomes available.

Q.   I have noticed over the past several months that bicyclists at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston pay no attention to traffic signs or obey basic traffic laws and many don’t wear a reflective vest or helmet.

I have nearly struck three bicyclists with my vehicle as they blew straight through stop signs and traffic lights without so much as slowing down.

Don't bicyclists need to obey all traffic laws since they are considered moving vehicles?

Maybe it is time to get some training started back up as a refresher before someone is seriously injured or worse. Be smart out there and be safe!

A. Thank you for your safety concern. We’ve reached out to our safety manager at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston who will coordinate with security forces to intensify enforcement of traffic violators and increase awareness of the requirements for the base populace.  

We will also send this information to the rest of our Air Education and Training Command safety offices who may be experiencing the same issues at their bases

 We’ve witnessed a nationwide increase in cycling since the pandemic started more than a year ago. From people getting reacquainted with cycling after many years, to the fitness enthusiast, to the commuter, we are seeing more and more riders on the roadways.

Ideally, we would have dedicated bike lanes to separate and de-conflict automobile and cyclist traffic to reduce risks to both road users. Lacking these, we need to share the road.

We would like to remind JBSA that bicyclists need to obey all traffic laws just like every other road user.

The Texas Department of Transportation says, “Generally, bikes are entitled to all rights and obligated to all duties of the road that apply to a motor vehicle.” Air Force Instruction 91-207, the U.S. Air Force Traffic Safety Program, further states bicyclists are required to wear a helmet and are encouraged to wear a highly visible outer garment during daylight hours.

Q. Are there any updates to the reopening of AAFES Shoppette and Subway Restaurant on the Security Hill side of JBSA-Lackland?

Unless you work in building 2000, I believe our only options are to drive across the base or drive off base to get some food.

A. Thank you for reaching out!  The Exchange just recently opened the first 24/7 Micro Market in building 2017 to help support the community in that area. 

We’re currently working to hire more staff in our food facilities.  As soon as the staffing is available and trained we plan to open the Subway at JBSA-Lackland’s Security Hill.  We are currently hiring and positions are posted at applymyexchange.com.