Austin getting more protected bike lanes

 

 City officials have teamed up with a national bicycling nonprofit to develop and install protected bike lanes in Austin.

Austin is one of six cities selected by Bikes Belong for its Green Lane Project initiative.

Green lanes protect bicyclists on roadways with the use of curbs, planters, posts or parked cars and are engineered with a focus on safety, efficiency and ease of travel for all street users.

In April, Austin opened its first green lane on Rio Grande Avenue, which runs from MLK Jr. Boulevard to 24th Street.

“With the Rio Grande Avenue green lane now open and several more projects under development, Austin is already an example of what can be accomplished,” said Martha Roskowski, Green Lane Project director for Bikes Belong.

Recent studies have demonstrated the benefits of green lanes nationwide, city officials said. In Washington, D.C., bicycle volume tripled after protected lanes were installed. In Portland, Ore., more than 70 percent of survey respondents said bicycling is easier and safer with these dedicated lanes, while motorists said the facilities did not make driving any slower or less convenient.

The project will provide progress updates, best practices as they are developed, and links to other resources on their website.

Advisors to the Green Lane Project include the New York City Department of Transportation, the League of American Bicyclists League of American BicyclistsLatest from The Business JournalsScottsdale, Tempe, Tucson among best cities for bikersDayton among top 50 in U.S. for bicyclingColorado 4th friendliest state for bicyclesFollow this company and the National Association of City Transportation Officials. Funding partners include the SRAM Cycling Fund, Volkswagen of America Inc., Interbike InterbikeLatest from The Business JournalsFat Tire grows by offering more rubber to meet the roadBreezer Bikes: Changing the world one bicycle at a timeFollow this company , Taiwan Bicycle Exporters Association and the Bikes Belong Coalition.

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