Biking an Increasingly Popular Alternative in Central Austin

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A few transportation related stories for this beautiful Texas weekend.

The City of Austin's Bicycle & Urban Trails Program Manager released an analysis of cycling's share of trip in various census tracks in the urban core. While the city has hit it's goal of 2% of trip by bicycle citywide as previously reported here, Central Austin is at a 6% rate with North Campus, Hyde Park, North Loop, and parts of East Central Austin already in the teens.

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The first three months of 2013 have seen five important bicycle Capital Improvement Projects reach completion or make progress

  • the Lance Armstrong Bikeway Downtown Section (3rd Street)
  • the Southern and Northern Walnut Creek Trails
  • the Austin to Manor Trail Phase I
  • the Barton Springs Road Cycle Track/Bicycle Lane Improvement Project

These projects, which are funded with a combination of federal grant funds and local bond funds totaling approximately $17M, will create about 13 lane miles of high-quality physically separated bicycle facilities.

In 2012, the Public Works Department completed bicycle projects on over 40 miles of streets. This work included building 23.5 miles of new bicycle lanes, widening 10 miles of existing bicycle lanes, and installing 1.3 miles of cycle tracks (physically separated bicycle lanes). In fiscal year 2013, we plan to keep the momentum going with bicycle improvement projects on…

  • St Johns Avenue (from Berkman to Lamar)
  • Burnet Road (from Koenig to Research)
  • South Lamar Boulevard (from Cinco to Mary), and many others!

The COA's Bicycle Program's Facebook Page is one of the more interesting among city departments so be sure to check it out.  

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